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Presentation to the Brisbane QSA conference on the concept of Zest Practice - processes for reinvigorating everyday practices in education.

Presentation to the Brisbane QSA conference on the concept of Zest Practice - processes for reinvigorating everyday practices in education.



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  • Poor classroom teacher who never gets out and about. I have not had the pleasure to be at one of your workshops for many years.
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  • I attended at Villanova and came out feeling revitilised, thank you. I just have to work out now out to come terms with the fact that my class wasn't there too. Have a great day.
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  • Tony, thanks for the fantastic presentation. I also attended the QSA Conference for the full 3 days and to hear Edward de Bono, Li Cunxin and yourself just added to the incedible learning experience of the whole 3 days. Cheers and I look forward to staying in touch.
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  • I too was at the QSA Conference for 3 days. My friend and I were awed by you and Edward de Bono, thinking what an awesome experience it would be to sit around a dinner table and watch and listen to you both! Inspirational presentations- will be zesting things up a bit at school!
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  • I was at the QSA conference, I attended the whoe 3 days and your session was the highlight for me. I am fortunate or unfortunate to be in the first roll out of literacy coaches in Queensland and you have definately inspired me.
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    • Zest Practice • Ideas And Challenges For Creating An Inspiring Environment In Schools • Tony Ryan
    • Best Practice Next Practice Zest Practice
    • Aha!! Hindsight Insight Foresight Insight before Information What insights will you experience today??!
    • Systemic Zest • Don’t teacher-proof the system. Instead, trust and support teachers to be outstanding • Do a Finland. Stimulate pride in the profession • Encourage the best and the brightest to become teachers
    • McKinsey and Company report: How The World’s Best Performing School Systems Come Out On Top • 2003 and onwards analysis of OECD’s PISA assessment in literacy and numeracy • Three interrelated sets of policies and practices continued to emerge. The most successful systems: 1. Get more talented people to become teachers 2. Develop those teachers into better instructors 3. Ensure that their teachers deliver the best possible instruction for every student in the system
    • 1. Love your employees 2. Connect peers with purpose 3. Capacity building prevails 4. Learning is the work 5. Transparency rules 6. Systems learn
    • • An inclusive vision with schools, communities and corporate groups working together • An evidence-informed, rather than data-driven, profession • Strong schools helping their weaker peers • Sustainable leadership that spreads and lasts
    • School-based Zest 1. Inspiration (arm tattoo) 2. Initiative (Google office) 3. Inquiry (mobile phone) 4. Dialogue (ear sculpture) 5. Serendipity (Travelling Wilburys)
    • 1. Inspiration
    • IF by Sarah Perry
    • Start-up inspiration?? • How inspired are you at the start of the day? • In what ways do your classrooms say ‘Come On In’?? • In what ways does your school say ‘Come On In’ (for you, and for your students)??
    • Inspirational Educators • Are enthusiastic and invariably optimistic • Use critical thinking, creativity and imagination • Consistently GOIMO • Are able and willing to scrutinise their practice • Pay respect to their own well-being • Deeply believe that they make a difference
    • The difference that you make The Ripple Effect of teaching: Every teacher contributes to the world, every day Education systems will only ever utilise their power when each teacher accepts responsibility for his/her contribution Everyone counts. Every One.
    • Practical Ideas for Inspiration • Organise a daily Welcome Committee • Inject some inspiration into assemblies • Invite inspiring people to address your students • Develop sister school relationships in less developed countries • Remember that you’re modelling what it means to be an adult!!
    • 2. Initiative The 20% policy??!
    • • Some of the 20% results • Google Wonderwheel, Google Squared, Google Wave......
    • Where’s the bear in your school??!
    • Practical Ideas for Initiative • Work out your version of the 20% policy • Find out what students (and teachers) achieve outside school hrs; and promote it • Set up Genius Bars at lunchtimes
    • 3. Inquiry
    • Coming right up?? • Goodbye laptop. Hello mobile computing • Social media leading to collective intelligence • Connectivist learning theories and practice • Students already have opportunity to generate their own inquiries via mobile • The issue? Very few know how to advance their learning with the technology
    • •The internet as a brain •Processes for utilising collective intelligence •Brain implants for online access
    • Teacher inquiries?? • What inquiries are taking place in your school this term? • How specifically do all teachers in your school further their learning each day? • What is new in each teacher’s thinking in the past 3 months? • What will be different or enhanced in each teacher’s practice by the end of 2010?
    • Student inquiries within a specific unit Q. What do we already know about this issue? Q. What are our questions? Q. What learning steps will we take? Q. What and how will we research; and is it useful in answering our questions? Q. How will we share our findings?
    • Zestful inquiries!! • Generate interest with a provocative intro • Give your inquiry units some exciting titles (name them after a movie or a piece of music) • Choose some powerful songs as background music for some of the learning time • Design an icon or general image to represent the inquiry • Find a metaphor for the inquiry
    • Thinkers Keys
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    • The Hippo Roller
    • Practical Ideas for Inquiry • Focus on solutions, not problems (only listen to solutions) • A school must be evidence-based. Develop long-term inquiries about ‘Zest Practice’ • Provide students with processes for resolving issues
    • Either / or 4. Dialogue Both / and
    • • Small talk. Mindless banter; gossip; trivia; inconsequential comments • Big talk. Proactive dialogue; solution focus; challenge; reinforcement of quality practices
    • Encourage quality dialogue • The quality of everyday teacher dialogue will determine the level of professionalism in a school • Two critical skills in dialogue: listening and paraphrasing • Explicitly teach students to listen in conversation • Paraphrasing? Listen first... • Then pause • Then begin with: “So, you’re saying that....”
    • Coaching each other 1. What do you need to achieve? 2. What’s happening right now? 3. What could you put into action? 4. What will you put into action? 5. What will be the process for implementation? 6. How will you keep this going?? Adapted from ‘The Leadership Coaching Guide’
    • Practical ideas for Dialogue • Staff meetings to feature teacher dialogue • The development of dialogue protocol (eg 2Q’ coaching models) for professional discussions • The encouragement of Professional Buddy systems
    • 5. Serendipity
    • Practical Ideas for Serendipity?? • Share narrative about the release of genius in everyday life around the world (eg Piano Stairs) • Give spot prizes eg bottles of bubble bath; ‘Do Not Disturb’ signs • Loosen up. Serendipity rarely occurs when you’re too serious • Look for the inspiration in routine events
    • tonyryan.com.au
    • Best Practice Next Practice Zest Practice
    • • tony@tonyryan.com.au • May the rest of your year be full of zest • Thank you