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WHAT I SET OUT TO INQUIRE INTOHow do you shift teacher practice interms of utilising ICT’s to promote learning?
WHAT ARE THE LEARNING NEEDS OF STUDENTS? TO BE CONFIDENT CONNECTED ACTIVELY INVOLVED LIFELONG LEARNERS WE NEED TO PREPARE STUDENTS FOR THEIR FUTURE JUST IN TIME LEARNING NOT JUST IN CASE LEARNING
Authentic learning opportunities Global learning opportunitiesOpportunity to collaborate with other learnersOpportunities to seize theopportunities offered by new knowledge and technologies Learning 24/7
Prof Stephen Heppell at Ulearn spoke about the wasted opportunities for mobile learning in our classrooms. “Turn off devices, turn off the child”.
Leading ChangeMichael Fullan talks about excellent leaders as: “Miracle workers” those people who are, “...energycreators, creating harmony, forging consensus,setting high standards, and developing a ‘try this’future orientation.”They are responsible for ‘leading transformationimprovement’, and a never-ending focus on qualityteaching and learning.“They are forever hopeful.”
Striving for effective leadershipLong horizon vision - being clear about our longterm elearning goals and motivating “buy in.” Team of teachers as leaders - gaining the ability tolead the learning of other teachersModelling - walking the talk
Striving for effective leadership Appraisal process - staﬀ set ICT goal. Needs based - just in time learning is ﬁne. “Little and o+en” approach Ensuring the infrastructure supports what we are trying to do
A blog post, The notion of leadership is shi+ing from Sheryl NussbaumBeach,challenges us to re-think our ideas about school leadership as not entirelyspeciﬁc to individuals or individual traits, but rather a more broader concept,“...to include a shared responsibility fora shared purpose of the educationalcommunity.”
Sheryl NussbaumBeach goes on to unpack this further with powerful references to Kouzes and Posner’s theory of transformational leadership which identiﬁes:1. Model the way - walking the talk2. Inspire a shared vision - motivating buy-in3. Challenge the process - learners and innovators4. Enable others to act - encouraging others5. Encourage the heart - through passion
WHAT STRATEGIES HAVE WE BEEN USING THISYEAR TO TRY AND EFFECT CHANGE IN TEACHER PRACTICE?
Teachers as Leaders Working as part of an ICT PD ClusterSt Mary’s is one ofseven schools who arein the second year ofthe Town and CountryICT Pd ClusterWe are workingtowards cluster goalswhich ﬁt in withnational goals
We provide specialised training to demonstrate how teachers can move beyond their comfort zone
Follow up support is provided in each teacher’s classroom to help meet individual teacher needs Teachers select theircompetency level and meetwith others at a similar level for after school “just in time” learning Risk taking is encouraged “Trial” volunteers eg for eportfolios
Teachers as Leaders Attending ConferencesStaﬀ were invited to attend ICT conferences.All staﬀ who applied by the due date wereallowed to attend the conferences of theirchoice. http://www.ﬂickr.com/photos/ulearn/5060580895/Learning at Schools ( 7 staﬀ including twoSenior Management)Ulearn ( 3 staﬀ including two SeniorManagement)KnowledgeNet ( 4 staﬀ including two SeniorManagement and a Team Leader and ICT LeadTeacher)IWB International Conference ( 3 staﬀincluding two team leaders)At least two Senior Management membersattended 3 of the above conferencesIn total 11 staﬀ involved in these conferences
How is the shift in practice reflected in changes to classroom practices/pedagogy?
Blogsites to demonstrate our learning www.smallboneadventures.blogspot.com www.room9learningzone.blogspot.com
WHAT HAVE I LEARNED IN TERMS OF LEADING CHANGE THE PRINCIPAL MUST “BE ON BOARD” STAFF LIKE BEING EMPOWERED SOME STAFF ARE PREPARED TO BE RISK TAKERSTHE “GUINEA PIGS” NEED TO BE CHOSEN CAREFULLY BEING CLEAR ABOUT THE BIGGER PICTURE HELPSNO NEED TO WAIT TILL PEOPLE ARE READY - SOME SAYIN HINDSIGHT THAT THEY HAVE APPRECIATED BEING GENTLY FORCED TO SHIFT
WHAT HAVE I LEARNED INTERMS OF LEADING PEOPLE IT’S ALL ABOUT RELATIONSHIPS IT IS IMPORTANT TO WALK THE TALK “DANGLING CARROTS” HELPS