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Dover Court International School, Singapore. Meet the Principal, Dr Hopkin.

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A copy of the presentation made by the Principal of Dover Court International School, Dr Neil Hopkin, on 30th January 2015 to the students' parents.

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Dover Court International School, Singapore. Meet the Principal, Dr Hopkin.

  1. 1. Our Future Vision Dr Neil Hopkin Principal
  2. 2. This year we are going to improve learning & life chances in our community
  3. 3. Restless in the pursuit of excellence
  4. 4. Everyone a leader of great learning
  5. 5. Improving lives
  6. 6. “It is one of the characteristics of a leader that he not doubt for one moment the capacity of the people he is leading to realize whatever he is dreaming.” Benjamin Zander Conductor of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra Leaders of Great Learning
  7. 7. I only work with ‘outstanding’ colleagues
  8. 8. So what should learning at look like?
  9. 9. The best way to be right is not to say anything, then you cannot be wrong
  10. 10. The best way to improve learning is to drill and test
  11. 11. Children working harder is the answer?
  12. 12. Not entirely
  13. 13. 500 visitors per year ICT & New Technologies 1000 visitors per year Independent & Creative Learning
  14. 14. A B C D Discuss: Which picture is the odd one out... and why?
  15. 15. "If people are educated only to pass exams, then it's very hard to be imaginative. Nowadays, this is an era when people are only stymied by a lack of imagination, not a lack of ability." Chinese student "The film's protagonist is China's national treasure and all the elements are Chinese, but why didn't we make such a film?" Wu Jiang, President of the National Peking Opera"I cannot help wondering when China will be able to produce a movie of this calibre." Lu Chuan, award-winning film director
  16. 16. We won’t improve our performance by factory productivity models
  17. 17. • a confident person who is adaptable and resilient, knows himself, thinks independently and critically, and communicates effectively; • a self-directed learner who takes responsibility for his own learning, who questions, reflects and perseveres in the pursuit of learning; • an active contributor who is able to work effectively in teams, exercises initiative, takes calculated risks, is innovative and strives for excellence The Singapore Curriculum Statement
  18. 18. A Great Learning Community
  19. 19. Leaders of Great Learning
  20. 20. To provide outstanding learning and life chances in our community To become the country’s foremost international teaching, learning and research centre through excellence, innovation and collaboration To develop and increase the ability of all staff to contribute to inspiring learning experiences that help all children succeed
  21. 21. From principles to practicalities: what should our children learn? 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
  22. 22. Too limited? Narrow and Deep Traditional and Formal Ambitious and Accelerated
  23. 23. Too limited? The team was asked "to trawl the curricula of the world's high-performing countries, to collect core knowledge, and put it in the right order...The constraining effects on the curriculum as a whole are likely to be profound and the preservation of breadth, balance and quality of experience will test even the most committed of teachers."
  24. 24. Restless in the Pursuit of Excellence
  25. 25. The Secrets Other People Already Know Flexible learning space Inspires curiosity Fun
  26. 26. The Secrets Other People Already Know
  27. 27. The Secrets Other People Already Know
  28. 28. The Secrets Other People Already Know
  29. 29. The Secrets Other People Already Know
  30. 30. The Secrets Other People Already Know
  31. 31. The Secrets Other People Already Know Teach skills and knowledge AND ALSO Engage experiences and interests John Dewey 1859 - 1952
  32. 32. The Secrets Other People Already Know
  33. 33. The Secrets Other People Already Know Learning for and through Life: Enable learning beyond 9-3 Erik Erikson 1902 - 1994
  34. 34. The Secrets Other People Already Know
  35. 35. The Secrets Other People Already Know Model what you want to see Paulo Freire 1921 - 1997
  36. 36. The Secrets Other People Already Know Learn... then do: Apply the skills Learners initiate and evaluate Carl Rogers 1902 - 1987
  37. 37. The Secrets Other People Already Know
  38. 38. The Secrets Other People Already Know Sitting and talking with purpose Share the learning... with everyone! Lev Vygotsky 1896 - 1934
  39. 39. The Secrets Other People Already Know
  40. 40. The Secrets Other People Already Know Spiral curriculum: Re-visit, re-visit, re-visit Jerome Bruner 1915 - present
  41. 41. The Secrets Other People Already Know
  42. 42. The Secrets Other People Already Know Intervention at the point of learning Coach, coach, coach Robert Gagné 1916 - 2002
  43. 43. The Secrets Other People Already Know
  44. 44. On line tuition Webinars Every child a browser, researcher, co-creator Seymour Papert 1928 - present The Secrets Other People Already Know
  45. 45. The Secrets Other People Already Know
  46. 46. Leading :: Learners
  47. 47. Leading :: Learners Learners :: Leading
  48. 48. What do we want to change?
  49. 49. What do you believe we should change? Start-up Turn around Re-align Extend principal@dovercourt.edu.sg
  50. 50. What should we consider?
  51. 51. What should we consider? Cooperative and Collaborative Learning
  52. 52. What should we consider? Generalise and communicate effectively Test their own ideas Synthesise the ideas of others Exercise self-regulation and self- determination Have increased motivation and perseverance Develop reasoning skills Argue persuasively and respectfully Cooperative and Collaborative Learners:
  53. 53. What should we consider?
  54. 54. What should we consider? 21st Century Learning
  55. 55. What should we consider?
  56. 56. radio station :: computer aided design :: tv studio apple enabled classrooms :: animation stations presentation classes :: 24/7 tutorials at Dover Court
  57. 57. What should we consider?
  58. 58. What should we consider? Creative Learning
  59. 59. What should we consider? Creativity Centres
  60. 60. What should we consider?
  61. 61. What should we consider? Authentic Learning
  62. 62. What should we consider?
  63. 63. What should we consider? Core Skills of Teaching & Learning
  64. 64. Great Leaders of Learning develop Outstanding Learners
  65. 65. Our future: any questions? Dr Neil Hopkin

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