Kia oratatou...hello all. We liked the metaphor of 'ecology' for education and wanted to tackle the concepts in the quote: “We need to establish a performance-driven culture in every school that rewards excellence, elevates the status of teachers and is positioned to help as many students as possible beat the odds.“ We wanted to meld the environmental factors that surrounded teachers, students and leaders as they interfaced with learning.
Relationships • Whanau/School• Staff/Staff• Staff/Students• Businesses/School• Service Agencies/School• Safety/Protection• Constructivism/co-constructivism• Isolation/Global Connections• Collectivism/Collaboration• Class Sizes• Physical factors (ventilation/lighting/sound/layouts)• IT/Innovations• Gender Mix• Streaming/Mixed Ability• Change – Internal/External• Policy/Process/Systems• Context• Community• Staff Perception• Learner Perception• Community Perception• Diversity – Cultural Need• Curriculum• Regulatory Environment• Time• Pay• Scheduled Planning• Philosophy/Pedagogy• Leadership Styles• Need for Mores as default settings• Trust• Values• Teacher Motivations/Attitudes• Government Policy• NZQA• Compliance• Student Profile• Student Intake• Funding• Top Down/Bottom Up Approach• Thinking Models• Inclusiveness• Openness• Listening• Professional Learning• Employment
We created the following matrix to help organise our thinking from what we've heard. There are two key issues that interplay here: the amount of resourcing required to support the change or innovation, and the extent to which those involved are able to influence the outcome.