Friday, 7 October 2016
Final Keynote - ULearn16!
So, what now?
We have spent three days being inspired, building knowledge and making connections.
But now we have to go back to school. So, now what?
Yes, we want to incorporate all the things we have learnt, it is in our nature...
"To be an educator today is to yearn to be better today than we were yesterday"
"Getting better at what we do is part of our DNA"
PD is not another thing on the plate, it IS the plate.
Before starting with any new idea in your classroom, ask yourself...
WHAT IS IMPORTANT?
WHAT APPROACH SHOULD I USE?
HOW CAN I POSITION THESE IDEAS IN A WAY THAT BEST WORK FOR MY STUDENTS?
Find the urgency.
Find the area your students need most, and start there. Be specific.
See the story behind the data.
Deliberately seek to find our more.
Embracing discomfort needs to be the new norm - get used to it.
The vision of your school should be dripping off the walls - you should see it, hear it, touch it, taste it.
5 things to takeaway from this keynote speech -
1. compare vision to your learners curriculum - look for where it doesn't line up
2. let data open up your empathy and understanding
3. walk around your information together? what do you see?
4. resist solutionitis - what is likely to make the most difference?
5. agree on your strong signals before you test and trial
The main idea in this keynote speech -
Don't run back to school and just implement all the new stuff you have learnt. That is not good practice.
Stop. Think. Act slowly. Choose carefully. Think about what is best for your students.