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I’m a big believer in the power of engaging young people in their learning through involving them in the learning process. As Lois Harris argues, if students are going to feel that they own their learning they […]
My favourite edubook is Classrooms as Learning Communities: What’s In It For Schools? by Chris Watkins.
Way back in the early days of Curriculum for Excellence, when Building the Curriculum 3 was published in particular, I began working on trying to develop teaching approaches which involved my students to a much greater extent in the learning and teaching process. In the beginning, I was just muddling through and making it up with the help of my class. I loved what I was trying to achieve, but I didn’t have a theoretical underpinning for it – or even a name for it!
Imagine my delight when someone recommended Classrooms as Learning Communities to me. Not only was it perfect for the sort of pedagogy I was trying to develop, it’s amazingly well written. It’s extremely personal in tone and it brilliantly blends theory with practice. It not only gave me a name for what it is I was striving for, it provided me with a vision for where I could take it and how to go about getting there.
For various reasons (primarily being out of the classroom due to secondment and illness) I’ve not yet got as far with turning my classroom into a learning community as I would’ve hoped (although I have made some progress recently), but I will continue to use this marvellous book to help get me there eventually.
Chris, the author of my fav edubook, has just let me know that he has a new website with lots of his resources on there: http://chriswatkins.net
You can even download the whole book discussed in my post *FOR FREE* from his site: http://chriswatkins.net/download/112/
#FabEduBooks is supported by Crown House Publishing
Everyone who shares a post on their favourite edubook this September on Pedagoo.org will be entered into a draw at the start of October. The lucky winner will receive a Big Bag of Books from Crown House Publishing.
To find out how to submit your post, click on the following link: Pedagoo.org/newpost
Pedagoo has teamed up with Dreamdo to offer an exciting opportunity to UK teachers. We’re recruiting teachers and their classes to talk part in a project-based learning pilot using Dreamdo’s fantastic resources.
What is Dreamdo all about? I’ll let them explain:
Dreamdo Schools is a biannual program that helps school classes all over the world do great projects in one semester. Participating in the program is free and any students from 7-19 years-old can take part. Any teacher and their students, anywhere in the world can join the program and become a part of a global network of teachers and students who dream and do.
Dreamdo Schools is aimed at inspired teachers who want to connect with other teachers and classes around the world to share their projects and learn from each other. Student projects can be used as part of a normal curriculum or as a complementary extracurriculum activity. There is no restriction on the theme of the project, as long as it is something students themselves decide to do.
Imagine how much your students would benefit from taking part in this online, international, project-based learning experience with growth mindsets underpinning the entire approach…for free!
What’s the catch? There isn’t one. Dreamdo is run by a not-for-profit in Finland and they already have schools taking part across Europe. They just want to increase participation internationally. All that they ask in return is that you give them feedback and, if you like it, to help spread the word amongst UK teachers.
How does it actually work? Check out this fantastic video guide to the site:
If this sounds as if this would be beneficial for you and your learners, please get in touch to by completing the form below.
What are you doing on Saturday 26th September? Not got any plans? Why not organise a #PedagooLocal for your area?
Earlier this year Ciara approached us with the idea of organising a Pedagoo-style event for her local area of Perth & Kinross. This isn’t something we’ve done for a long time so we’ve resurrected the name #PedagooLocal to make it happen. The idea is that teachers can organise a small-scale Pedagoo style-event for their local area with whatever support from Pedagoo that we can muster up. So, #PedagooPerth is on, and a few others have expressed an interest in organising their own #PedagooLocal event…such as #PedagooFife.
Ciara and her colleagues in Perth have opted to hold their event on Saturday 26th September, but here’s an idea. How about we try and have lots of #PedagooLocal events all over the country on the same date? I’ve floated this idea with the #PedagooFife team and they’re up for it – so the big question is, are you?
How do you organise a #PedagooLocal event?
First of all, you need to check out the small list of conditions we’ve come with for using the name and ensure that you’re happy that your event will work within these. This just involves ensuring that your event:
is free to the teachers attending.
takes a longer format approach to sharing (i.e. primarily 30/40 minute Learning Conversations/Workshops as opposed to all 7/2 minute presentations – we’ve got nothing against TeachMeets, we’re just trying to add a bit of diversity to the mix).
is open to teachers from anywhere, even if primarily aimed at one particular area/local authority.
But what will organising the event actually involve? Firstly, we’re more than happy to sort out stuff like a logo, a webpage and the signup forms as on the #PedagooPerth page. You can do this stuff yourself if you want, but we’re happy to help with this. You will obviously also need to:
Find a venue in your local area that you can have for free. It’ll need to have enough spaces for folk to break up into smaller groups for the learning conversations. Don’t worry too much about A/V facilities, in my opinion some of the best learning conversations occur when there are no A/V facilities and folk are forced to just sit round in a circle and talk to each other. Good places are community centres, libraries or even schools. If you can’t have the space for free you could approach a sponsor (which could even be your Local Authority) to pay for the venue and we’ll pop their logo onto the logo for the event.
It’s great if you can have some sort of catering, but you don’t have to have it. As you can see from the Perth event they’re going for a half-day format so they don’t even need to think about lunch.
You’ll need to promote the event in your local area. We’ll do shout outs from the Pedagoo social media accounts, but nothing is more effective than directly contacting folk. You’ll need to encourage some teachers you know to lead learning conversations and you’ll need email all the teachers in your local area to let them know about the event. Your Local Authority might be able to help out with this.
Once everyone is signed up, you’ll need to prepare the learning conversations. This is the tricky bit, but it’s normally fine for teachers who tend to enjoy organising stuff like this.
You’ll need to email everyone in advance of the day to let them know the plans for the day. You’ll also need some way to let folk know which learning conversations they’re in and when.
On the day itself, you’ll need to welcome everyone, explain the format, get it going, then relax and enjoy.
See, it’s not so hard. How cool would it be if we had #PedagooLocal events all over the place on the same day…we’d break the internet! If you’re up for #PedagooLocal TakeOver please get in touch using the form on this page: pedagoo.org/local/takeover
There’s been a fantastic response to this idea already! I’ve started tracking the possible events on this page: pedagoo.org/local/takeover
Scotland’s National Digital Learning Community is running a Digital Learning Week from the 2nd to the 6th March. The aim of the National Digital Learning Week is to:
share the innovative and exciting ways in […]
This is a must watch for all Pedagooey teachers! Find out more here: thersa.org/teachers
Teachers have a greater chance to shape their profession through developing more refined teaching practices if they engage with and in research. There is a relationship between teachers view of learning when they actively sustain their own learning. Engaging in and with research is one way to do this.
Recently I co-authored a paper on teachers’ perspectives on this question https://www.bera.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/BERA-Paper-7-Teachers-Views-Perspectives-on-research-engagement.pdf. This paper fed in to the BERA/RSA enquiry which can be found here https://www.bera.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/BERA-RSA-Research-Teaching-Profession-FULL-REPORT-for-web.pdf.
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Thanks to @dgilmour for recording and uploading.
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