Sugata reminds me that the learning environment must be one which stimulates curiosity, is collaborative and engaging. Tonight, I'm downloading and reading Sugata's SOLE tool kit. on the recommendations for a Self Organised Learning Environment. I think it is possible that this kit may offer a cornerstone for being able to explicitly discuss personalised learning in my classroom.
This week I"m in the process of establishing a new Teaching as inquiry for Maths. The "Teaching as inquiry" is part of our ongoing school wide Math professional development.
Teaching as inquiry
My questions are:
1. How can students learn to apply their number knowledge to real life questions?
2. How can students work with number strategies as knowledge about not knowledge of. 'Knowledge about' will deeper understandings and make connections with other strategies so students will be able to be explicit about connections and relationships.
It is my hope that through an application of number knowledge, my students would be nudged towards engaging with "knowledge building" as understood by Bereiter. To have knowledge about number strategies and strategy application, students are able to work with complexity and identify multiple ways to generate solutions and multiple ways to contribute to the building of knowledge.
TWO MORE QUESTIONS...
1.How does the 'Teaching as Inquiry' cycle support the multiple understandings of the thinking that informs what teaching and learning could look like in the 21st Century?
2. Is it possible teachers are being charged to deliver 21st C pedagogy yet teaching effectiveness is measured through a reflective process that is anchored in the 20th C?
I would appreciate the opportunity to talk this through with another classroom teacher. Lets move some bits of thinking around and make explicit what excellent 21st Century teaching practise can look and sound like in our current and future classrooms.
Message me through Twitter or here if you are keen!