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Summary of the Day 1 Breakouts

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  • 1. Method • Floated between sessions • Made it to four of the five breakouts • Listened to six of the research presentations • Wrote down what I was hearing verbatim without adding my impressions • Asked questions to pull out more information
  • 2. Knowing Our Students- Understanding Their Needs • Know your students • Be fluent in their culture and speak their language. • Build relationships • Meet the needs of the students • Be flexible in meeting the needs of your students – How do they prefer to be communicated with? – Do not offer core subjects first period
  • 3. Knowing Our Students- Understanding Their Needs • Meet them where they are and leverage their strengths • Journaling is a non threatening way to get certain children to open up and share • First Nation children are just like all children, they love technology. • Can you answer the question- “What are you doing for our students?”
  • 4. Knowing Our Students- Understanding Their Needs • Observe students, consider how they learn, bring that information to the teachers and plan together to change teaching. • Elevate student voice- in passive and active ways • Traditional ways were not working- we need to know more to serve better • - Needs of Learners - Needs of Community
  • 5. Knowing Our Students- Understanding Their Needs • Do you know how do these kids tick? • Become a learner of student learning. • Study children and determine how they get their needs met. Almost like creating an independent learning plan for each kid. • Make it personal for kids. Consider their ideas, needs, passion. Inspire students.
  • 6. Knowing Our Students- Understanding Their Needs • Make learning authentic. • Help kids connect with subject matter experts • Help kids do something -- accomplish something. • Give children rich and robust tasks with real world problems to solve • Use technology with a purpose and include learning activities that feature student voice.
  • 7. Knowing Our Students- Understanding Their Needs • We need to be up to our elbows in deep learning with kids. • You need to be in the middle of the learning with the kids- not stand and deliver • Curriculum should be organized so that it is sustained, embedded and just in time learning. • Work should focus on good pedagogy and 21st C learning.
  • 8. Knowing Our Students- Understanding Their Needs • How can we engage students? • As freedom increased (with student choice) achievement increased. • Special needs kids felt included and like everyone else when they had the iPad. • Rhythm (musical and cadence helps kids learn) • Even when we are on the technology - need each other present to learn • Need IT to be supportive of children’s needs.
  • 9. Knowing Our Faculty- Understand Their Needs • Effective professional learning needs to be relevant to the needs of teachers and their students while providing opportunities for application, practice, reflection, and practice. • Professional learning is most effective when you immerse teachers in the work. • Traditional ways were not working- we need to know more to serve better • - Needs of Staff • - Needs of System
  • 10. Knowing Our Faculty- Understand Their Needs • Are you differentiating your professional learning? – Innovators come and leave. – Don’t Spend all your effort on the laggards. – Develop leaders in the group. – Empower those who get it to share what they know with others • Professional learning should not be one size fits all. • Help teachers see the path forward.
  • 11. Knowing Our Faculty- Understand Their Needs • Teachers need release time to plan -- not just be given technology and be expected to use it. • As teachers planned for and used the technology collaboratively for teaching they gained expertise and went from learner to mentor to facilitator and eventually lead learner. • Tell teachers that TLLP grants are available- encourage them to apply
  • 12. Knowing Our Faculty- Understand Their Needs • Help teacher understand that 21st Century skills has nothing to do with technology. • Need technology support there when it is needed. • IT staff has to be a collaborator with any professional learning plan • Do you have a plan for getting reluctant staff or faculty on board with the shifts and change?
  • 13. Knowing Ourselves- Learners First • We need to first develop a vision of what 21st Century classroom looks like • We need to read the literature, think deeply as we plan and build on the shoulders of giants • Establishing vision is easy, it is keeping up with the change that is hard.
  • 14. Knowing Ourselves- Learners First • We do not know it all- we are learning as we go • It is ok not to know- it is not ok to not be actively trying to learn. • We need to be up to our elbows in deep learning with kids. • You need to be in the middle of the learning • We have the knowledge management tools to keep up. •
  • 15. Key Themes • Visible Learning- Share What You Know culture • Sheep beget Sheep • The deep learning for teachers didn’t come from training and the deep learning for children doesn’t come from teaching. • IT staff needs to be involved- make them a key partner sitting next to your pedagogy champions • All children, all parents, all teachers are important. Do not leave any of them out of your specific plans customized for their specific

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