Today as part of our Leaders PLG we had the honour of listening one of NZ's godfather of Teaching as Inquiry - Graeme Aitken! I was blown away by his passion and knowledge. Here are just a few of my notes from this session:
Collaborative Inquiry - An approach to teaching
Often teaching is only about adjusting the learners rather than adjusting my teaching.
Goals as a teacher:
Creating interest, creating confidence, creating achievement
- Bigger evidence of raising achievement
- Less focus on creating interest and joy
To do this we need to:1. Take stock: add to the data we have of achievement
- Current state
- Student experience
- Data story: tools to help with this
- Can you describe what you are learning and why?
- Where are you going with your learning?
- Name two adults in this school who believe that you can achieve
- NZCER me and my class
- ERO well being survey
- Defining the problem
- Create focus
- Add the correct next steps to help solve the problem - create the write strategy to solve the problem
- Could be measuring the wrong thing??
- Our best guesses about a fix, then test it. What do we need to learn to aid our best guess?
- Test hunches
- Share successes, failures and improvements
- Discuss whether or not we have made enough of a difference
- This can only happen with trust…
- Got to think about incremental improvements
- It's ok, to make mistakes but not ok to keep on making mistakes
- How do we spread these ideas
- How do we get other teachers/classes to do the same?