I have been inspired today to write another reflection post. But this time, rather than reflecting on my classroom teaching this term (although that may well still come), I thought I’d reflect on my position as ‘Future Learning Leader‘. I got to write my own job description, so how am I doing if I measure myself against my own criteria?!
So, here are each of my ‘key tasks’, and the work I’ve done towards each one:
1. Lead professional learning in staff meetings to develop future learning pedagogies.
- Here are the links to each session I’ve led over the past two terms:
- Session 1
- Session 2
- Session 3
- Session 4
- Session 5
- Session 6
- Session 7
- Session 8
2. Attend HOD meetings to promote FL and blended learning approaches and inquiry practices.
- I’ve put myself on the agenda twice so far: once to talk about my job description, and how I’d like to work with departments, and, more recently, about the potential of the Pond as a resource for staff.
3. Assist departments and individual staff with FL inquiry and skill-building.
- I’ve attended meetings with five different departments, and have directly assisted three departments so far.
- I have ongoing discussions with the Science Department, where we have been focusing on ways in which we can address concerns around students’ mis/pre-conceptions.
- I have worked with the Languages Department around ideas of feedback, and looking at Kaizena as a tool to help address this concern.
- I have worked with the PE/Health Department looking at offering more choice and investigating LiveBinders.
- I’ve worked alongside several individuals also, investigating the possibilities of Twitter, blogging and Project/Problem Based Learning
4. Model or promote best practice examples of FL pedagogies.
- I hope I’ve been using this blog as a forum to do some of this, reflecting on things like my Y8 website, using rosebud feedback, and the other tasks my classes have been up to.
- I’ve also been tweeting useful links and resources using #MarsdenPL14
5. Encourage and support the development of personal/professional learning communities.
- The #hackyrclass project that I’ve embarked upon with the amazing support and collaboration with Matt Nicoll from St Andrews’ College in Christchurch is a great example of my work towards this goal. We have offered staff the opportunity to be a part of a PLN and have been using the #edSMAC to build these connections and opportunities for professional learning.
- Another connection that has been forged through this blog and through Twitter has been with Catherine Wooller of Westlake Girls’ High School, and between us we facilitated an interesting and useful Skype chat between our respective Science Departments.
6. Contribute to online library of workshops and instructional videos.
- Okay, this might be the area I haven’t been so flash on. I haven’t made anything specific for staff, but, obviously, all the workshops I offer for Professional Learning sessions are easily accessible to staff. In addition, I’ve added other links to our Professional Learning page on Ultranet:
7. Work on other related and relevant tasks as negotiated.
- Here’s where I’m feeling particularly proud. I feel as though I’ve really been raising the profile of Marsden as a school who is actively committed to implementing future focused pedagogy for the benefit of students.
- I’m a Pond Pioneer educator
- I’m exceptionally proud to be a small part of the #edchatNZ conference steering committee.
- I attended the inaugural #WellyPLG meeting at Amesbury School
- I have two conference presentations coming up: one for TeachMeetNZ and CLESOL, and the other for ULearn14 – where I’m co-presenting with my wonderful senior manager
- And this very week I’m the ‘keynote presenter’ for our Y9 Creative Inquiry Symposium
And, you know, when I look back at six months’ work laid out like this, I feel pretty chuffed with what I’ve accomplished, the progress I have helped to promote, and the amazing opportunities that have come my way.