Redefining success in the Age of Accountability

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Redefining success in the Age of Accountability

  1. 1. Redefining Success in the Age of Accountability Dean Shareski MLS Summit 2012 Toronto, ONhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/hdurnin/6281411798 November 7, 2012
  2. 2. This is me
  3. 3. This is me
  4. 4. This is me
  5. 5. This is me
  6. 6. This is me
  7. 7. This is me
  8. 8. This is me
  9. 9. This is me
  10. 10. This is me
  11. 11. This is me
  12. 12. This is me
  13. 13. This is me
  14. 14. @shareskiDean@shareski.cashareski.ca
  15. 15. http://shareski.ca/y/slideshare
  16. 16. Premise
  17. 17. Premise✴ Describe not Prescribe
  18. 18. Premise✴ Describe not Prescribe✴ ideas and research are only good useful if you own them
  19. 19. Premise✴ Describe not Prescribe✴ ideas and research are only good useful if you own them✴ You Make the Connections
  20. 20. Premise✴ Describe not Prescribe✴ ideas and research are only good useful if you own them✴ You Make the Connections✴ learner first, teacher second
  21. 21. Premise✴ Describe not Prescribe✴ ideas and research are only good useful if you own them✴ You Make the Connections✴ learner first, teacher second✴ Were Grade 4s on the Playground (@ijohnpederson)
  22. 22. “...there is no word for "accountability" in Finnish.”
  23. 23. “Accountability iswhats left when you take out responsibility.”
  24. 24. “I wish we could stop using the word "accountable" and instead talk about "responsible". It would make all the difference.”
  25. 25. Things you never see
  26. 26. “Distrust is anexpensive vice” Dave Weinberger “Too Big To Know”
  27. 27. If we create cultures of trust and sharing,accountability is built in,not contrived or imposed, it just is.
  28. 28. “I believe that everyone should write inpublic. Get a blog....Do it every day. Every single day. Not adiary, not fiction, but analysis. Clear,crisp, honest writing about what you seein the world. Or want to see. Or teach (inwriting).Tell us how to do something. ” http://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/2011/09/talkers-block.html
  29. 29. Can I findyour best work online?
  30. 30. Can I find any ofyour best work online?
  31. 31. http://www.flickr.com/photos/22326055@N06/4181823128/
  32. 32. JOY http://www.flickr.com/photos/22326055@N06/4181823128/
  33. 33. With regards to creating a video like that do you:
  34. 34. With regards to creating a video like that do you:A. Do it because its not only fun but likely does addresssome curricular outcomes but you might have to lookthem up later. Fingers crossed.
  35. 35. With regards to creating a video like that do you:A. Do it because its not only fun but likely does addresssome curricular outcomes but you might have to lookthem up later. Fingers crossed.B. Do it and to heck with the outcomes, doing joyfulthings with students is important.
  36. 36. With regards to creating a video like that do you:A. Do it because its not only fun but likely does addresssome curricular outcomes but you might have to lookthem up later. Fingers crossed.B. Do it and to heck with the outcomes, doing joyfulthings with students is important.C. Do it but perhaps as an extra-curricular activitybecause youre not sure where it fits with a robustcurriculum but still think its important.
  37. 37. With regards to creating a video like that do you:A. Do it because its not only fun but likely does addresssome curricular outcomes but you might have to lookthem up later. Fingers crossed.B. Do it and to heck with the outcomes, doing joyfulthings with students is important.C. Do it but perhaps as an extra-curricular activitybecause youre not sure where it fits with a robustcurriculum but still think its important.D. Not do it at all.
  38. 38. Feel-Bad EducationThe Cult of Rigor and the Loss of Joyby: Alfie Kohnhttp://www.alfiekohn.org/teaching/edweek/feelbad.htm http://www.flickr.com/photos/judybaxter/2333068171/
  39. 39. Feel-Bad EducationThe Cult of Rigor and the Loss of Joyby: Alfie Kohnhttp://www.alfiekohn.org/teaching/edweek/feelbad.htm http://www.flickr.com/photos/judybaxter/2333068171/
  40. 40. Feel-Bad EducationThe Cult of Rigor and the Loss of Joyby: Alfie Kohnhttp://www.alfiekohn.org/teaching/edweek/feelbad.htm http://www.flickr.com/photos/judybaxter/2333068171/
  41. 41. Feel-Bad EducationThe Cult of Rigor and the Loss of Joyby: Alfie Kohnhttp://www.alfiekohn.org/teaching/edweek/feelbad.htm I’m appearing to accept an odious premise—namely, that joy must be justified as a means to the end of better academic performance. Not so: It’s an end in itself. http://www.flickr.com/photos/judybaxter/2333068171/
  42. 42. Why are our schools not places of joy?
  43. 43. http://www.archives.gov.on.ca/english/on-line-exhibits/education/pics/4_11_one_rm_school_520.jpg
  44. 44. wonderhttp://www.archives.gov.on.ca/english/on-line-exhibits/education/pics/4_11_one_rm_school_520.jpg
  45. 45. Be aware of wonder.Remember the little seedin the styrofoam cup:The roots go down andthe plant goes upand nobody reallyknows how or why, butwe are all like that.
  46. 46. 1,758
  47. 47. 1,758
  48. 48. Do our students come toschool to wonder and be awed?
  49. 49. http://www.archives.gov.on.ca/english/on-line-exhibits/education/pics/4_11_one_rm_school_520.jpg
  50. 50. COMMUNITY http://www.archives.gov.on.ca/english/on-line-exhibits/education/pics/4_11_one_rm_school_520.jpg
  51. 51. Mind Your Own Business http://www.flickr.com/photos/rwentechaney/5438197592http://www.flickr.com/photos/cristic/359572656/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/bionicteaching/4309317689
  52. 52. Mind Your Own Business http://www.flickr.com/photos/rwentechaney/5438197592http://www.flickr.com/photos/cristic/359572656/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/bionicteaching/4309317689
  53. 53. Mind Your Own Business http://www.flickr.com/photos/rwentechaney/5438197592http://www.flickr.com/photos/cristic/359572656/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/bionicteaching/4309317689
  54. 54. Tell that to Chris Avenir
  55. 55. Tell that to Chris AvenirRyerson University sites 3 reasons forthe case against him. 1.Learning should be hard. 2.There is no structure of regulation for online behavior and that makes it incompatible with academic work. 3.It is our job to protect academic integrity from any threat.i.e. Unless learning is hard and is directed by others, it failsto meet the standard for academic rigor.
  56. 56. My Learning Project
  57. 57. My Teaching Staff
  58. 58. What did you learn from others?What did you contribute to the learning of others?
  59. 59. assessment
  60. 60. “This push on tests,” he told me, “ismissing out on some serious parts ofwhat it means to be a successful human.”
  61. 61. “...learning is hard. True, learning is fun,exhilarating and gratifying — but it is alsooften daunting, exhausting and sometimesdiscouraging. . . . To help chronically low-performing but intelligent students,“This pushand tests,” he told first “iseducators on parents must me, recognizemissing out onis at least as important asthat character some serious parts ofwhat it means to be a successful human.”intellect.”
  62. 62. Gritindomitable courage, toughness, or resolution
  63. 63. Playing to Strengths and Interestshttp://www.flickr.com/photos/jjcd7/3172304473/
  64. 64. http://www.flickr.com/photos/grade6kms/5146468921
  65. 65. “Taught me to examine my work critically”
  66. 66. “Taught me to examine my work critically” “enabled me to focus on learning”
  67. 67. “Taught me to examine my work critically” “enabled me to focus on learning”“I wasn’t comfortable assessing myself”
  68. 68. “Being good at school is a fine skill if you intend todo school forever. For the rest of us, being good atschool is a little like being good at Frisbee.” Seth Godin Linchpin http://www.flickr.com/photos/annalisa/132032293/
  69. 69. Thanks shareski.ca @shareski dean@shareski.caDean Shareski

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