Learning@Schools 2010

Feedback on the breakout sessions attended by the 9 Principals and teachers who travelled to Rotorua.

Please keep feedback succinct! Include:
Presenter/Session title, +ve response to content & possibilities for school, -ve feelings & reasons.

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2010 Conference Dinner: Mark Treadwell, Ian Suckling, Anna Smythe

2010 Conference Dinner: Mark Treadwell, Ian Suckling, Anna Smythe

Grant Murray

This link is on Mary Ann Murphy who could be part of our call back day.
On the website, click on contacts for blurb on what she does.

InspirEd - Educational Consultancy

Enid Watson

Break out 4:
Some pointers when working with with the 'cup half full teacher'
  • Do you think there is something that might work for you? (when getting people to identify different strategies relating to their work as teachers)
  • After a meeting: get people to jot down what decisions they have made, (rather than using the decision of another teacher).
  • Don't solution talk. Tell people who want to meet with a problem to come to the meeting with a solution.
  • Use 'and' rather than 'but' and so building on a process of ideas.

Break Out 6: Does Content Matter?
  • A challenge for students in making connections. Often links in a variety of subject areas are so separate, teaching in subjects make connections hard.
  • The new curriculum is an 'outcomes' curriculum where as the fomer one was a context curriculum.
  • When working with the broader curriculum students need to learn the 'essence' of science, social studies and technology.
  • Each student's ultimate learning succcess is more important than the covering of particular achievment objectives.

Key Note Speaker: Leading from Behind (Tom Hoorr)
Some things to ponder over:

  • Where you are is more important than what you know.
  • However good I am ---- I'll sound better.
  • Have I offend the people I want to offend?
  • Am I making new mistakes?
  • Excellence versus perfection - discussion point.

Peter Mulcahy

I was interested in the formation and sustainability of ICT Clusters. I have attached a link in the "Discussion Topics: Principals" on Strategic Planning for e-learning which was particularly good.

Rodger Darkens

Building Communities Through Blogging
Creating Cyber Citizens
Digital Storytelling - e-Portfolios

Anna Smythe

external image pdf.png Learning @ School feedback.pdf

Pip Heaphy

external image pdf.png LATSO10 Feedback - P Bateup.pdf

Christine Templeton

Keynote Speaker: Dr Thomas Hoerr was dynamic on leadership. Here are a few of his thoughts about a Lead Teacher's job:
  • Teachers are the key factor in determining the quality of the school.
  • A leader's job is not to make teachers happy, it is to facillitate and support teachers' growth.
  • A leader's own growth is key. We must take care of ourselves. We must learn. We must fly.
  • He shared lots of myths about Staff Meetings! (You can e mail him for his notes for more info)
  • Leadership is about relationships. (For teachers, as for Principals and other Leaders.)
Good Book "The Checklist Manifesto" By Atu Gawande. (E mail Thomas for the article)
  • Useful Quote to think about when making decisions, or delegating etc Is it: Your decision, my decision, our decision"
  • More focus on collaboration. (Distributed intelligence) Use the resources around you.
  • Create a setting in which everyone grows. Teachers talking productively about children and curriculum etc.
  • Important factors:
H: Hiring wisely: Teacher input. Staff expectations?
E: Evaluate on professionalism / collegiality (Helping others learn- mentoring, presenting etc.)
A: Administrators: Abdicate some of your authority. Assign. Accept.
L: Learning by everyone is the key to success.
  • Failing Wisely: We teach our kids how to win, but not how to fail. They need to learn how to handle failure.
Book: "Mindset" by Carol Dwek.
A reminder: Praise effort, not intelligence.

Ian Suckling

external image pdf.png ian's lats10 feedback.pdf