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Session 3 moderating in the leading learning modules

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Moderating the Group Discussions in the Leading Learning Modules

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Session 3 moderating in the leading learning modules

  1. 1. Effective Online ModerationModerating the Leading Learning Modules Written and presented by Dr Carmel Bendon Davis
  2. 2. Online Module 1Leading Learning: Introduction to the Essentials Online Forum and/or Peer Discussion – Discussion 1: Educational Leadership: Then and Now In the presentation Prof. Robinson began by outlining earlier approaches to educational leadership which, as research and experience has shown, are now changing. With that in mind, go now to the online Forum and share your own views and experiences of previous and new approaches to educational leadership. (As this is the first discussion in the Module, feel free to preface your discussion by introducing yourself if you would like to do so. This might also give a helpful context for your discussion points).• Keep your first comments to a couple of sentences but be sure that they‟re honest, straightforward, on-topic and peer-appropriate.
  3. 3. Online Module 1Discussion 1: Educational Leadership: Then andNow .../2 (This is an example only. Be sure to personalise it - „stamp‟ it with your own personality.) Hello everyone. Welcome to our first forum in this online module. I‟m Carmel D, one of your peers/fellow teachers/principals and I‟ll be moderating the next (few) discussions as part of my own professional development and, hopefully, together, we‟ll find this forum to be a supportive and stimulating space in which to share our insights and ideas. Our discussion here is asynchronous so please feel free to contribute at any time of the day (or night) that suits you. My schedule this term allows me to look over your contributions and offer my own on Monday evenings between 9 & 10 pm and on Saturdays between 8 & 9 am but, remember, if you need technical help with the site at any time you can email helpful.harry@weknowall.org.au
  4. 4. Online Module 1Discussion 1: Educational Leadership: Then andNow .../3Now address the forum topic:• Again, personalise your contribution. Remember you are sharing with peers. When I was a young teacher, I thought that “educational leadership” meant that you had to know everything ...• End the post with something that is inviting of further comment; open, non-threatening and acknowledging of equality in tone, for example: I wonder if others had similar experiences in their early teaching days?
  5. 5. Online Module 1Online Forum – Discussion topic 2: Engaging with the5 Dimensions of Leadership In the video excerpt you have just viewed, Prof Robinson poses the question: What do leaders need to know and do to confidently engage in the five leadership dimensions? Go now to the online Forum and share your insights in response to this question, bearing in mind the importance of the three leadership capabilities too. (The four determinants of building relational trust may also be a feature of your discussion).• If the response to the first forum has been good you may not need to be the first person “in” for this second question. That is, if the group has begun well, others may already feel confident enough to lead-off this discussion. If that is the case then you can truly make your contribution as a peer.• If no-one else has contributed when you check the forum on your nominated day/s (and time), you should make an initial contribution which should, as always in such instances, include your own honest reactions to the question/topic AND should conclude with an open-ended question/observation that will lead others into the discussion.
  6. 6. Online Module 1Discussion Topic 2: Engaging with the 5 Dimensions ofLeadership .../2For example: I can see how all five dimensions contribute to effective leadership but I find #3 “Ensuring Quality Teaching” the most challenging to assess and maintain. Of course I agree that quality teaching will be clearly reflected in student outcomes but I sometimes think that I‟m missing something, ...• Does that feeling resonate with any of you?• Have others had that experience/difficulty?• I wonder if any of you find this dimension as problematic.• Or is there is another dimension that you struggle with?
  7. 7. Online Module 1Discussion Topic 3: “Big Ideas” on ensuring QualityTeaching Go online and share the insights gained from your reflection and discussion, and from your reading of Timperley‟s study, with the wider learning group.• Hopefully, by this stage of the module, the group is becoming confident in discussing more freely with each other. In this case, then, you can just be “part of the group”, making your contribution and asking questions of your fellow educators as your own professional learning requires.• If needed, or if you see a need to deepen the discussion, you can ask for more information from particular participants in order to help your own learning (that is, you‟re asking from YOUR point of view and are not assuming to speak for the group as a whole).• Notice, too, that this question refers to a prescribed reading so if, after several contributions, no-one seems to be addressing that aspect you might make some reference to it; again, from your own perspective.
  8. 8. Online Module 1Discussion Topic 3: “Big Ideas” .../2An example which picks up the “personal” approach: I‟m finding this discussion really interesting. Margaret‟s group‟s „big idea‟ is something that we‟ve thought about trialling in our own school community. And, though I find John‟s suggestion quite radical, I can see that it has the potential to really bring a true cohesion to the programme. Margaret and John, can you give me some insights into how you might put your ideas into practice?An example which focuses attention on the required reading: I‟m finding this discussion really interesting and I‟m starting to see a few links between the „big ideas‟ we‟re coming up with and the point that Helen Timperley makes in her study about .....
  9. 9. Online Module 1Discussion Topic 4: “Ownership of Learning” Go online and share your thoughts on the phrase, “Ownership of Learning”. What does it mean? To whom does it apply? How might it be realised in your professional life? And in the classroom? And beyond?• There are several layers to this question and, in this and similar cases, it‟s not necessary for everyone to address every aspect. However, as moderator, you would be looking to see that, across the participant group, ALL aspects were covered. If one (or more) has been overlooked by the group, you should „name‟ it, bring it to (subtle) attention.
  10. 10. Online Module 1Discussion Topic 4: “Ownership of Learning” .../2 An example of how to bring in the “missing aspect”: The question of how “ownership of learning” might operate beyond my teaching and professional life is a difficult one for me because I realise that I‟m very focussed on learning in my teaching life. But, when I really think about it, I know that I‟m learning in every part of my life – as a parent, in the community ... Does anyone else have difficulty with this aspect?
  11. 11. Online Module 2Leading Professional Learning: An Introduction Online Forum – Discussion 1: Promoting Professional Learning: How are we going? Based on the insights gained from your research and reflection, go online and discuss the overall “view” of professional learning in your school and wider school communities. (As this is the first discussion in the Module, feel free to preface your discussion by introducing yourself if you would like to do so. This might also give a helpful context for your discussion points).• As this is the first discussion in the module, your introductory comments are appropriate here.• This is a straightforward “sharing of opinion” based on one‟s own research and experience so your moderation here will be on the same basis – honest straightforward, and peer-centred.
  12. 12. Online Module 2Discussion 1: Promoting Professional Learning .../2(This is an example only. Be sure to personalise it - and „stamp‟ it with your own personality.) Hello everyone. Welcome to our first forum in this online module. I‟m Carmel D, one of your peers/fellow teachers/principals and I‟ll be moderating the next (few) discussions as part of my own professional development and, hopefully, together, we‟ll find this forum to be a supportive and stimulating space in which to share our insights and ideas. Our discussion here is asynchronous so please feel free to contribute at any time of the day (or night) that suits you. My schedule this term allows me to look over your contributions and offer my own on Monday evenings between 9 & 10 pm and on Saturdays between 8 & 9 am but, remember, if you need technical help with the site at any time you can email helpful.harry@weknowall.org.auNow address the forum topic:• Again, personalise your contribution. Remember you are sharing with peers. In our school professional learning is both an individual and group undertaking ...• Again, end the post with something that is inviting of further comment; open, non- threatening and acknowledging of equality in tone, for example: Some schools are taking a very formalised approach to professional learning. If your school is doing this, how are you going about it?
  13. 13. Online Module 2Leading Professional Learning: An Introduction Online Forum – Discussion Topic 2: Approaching Teacher Inquiry How did your ideas, and those of your team or learning group, align with the suggestions given in the second video presentation? Go now to the online Forum and share your insights in response to this question.• Whether or not you lead-off this conversation, you‟re looking both to share your own insights AND to ensure some connection with the material in the prescribed video presentation.
  14. 14. Online Module 2Discussion 2: Approaching Professional Learning .../2 An example of how to draw attention to the video presentation aspect: I agree with Ruth‟s point about carefully monitoring our students‟ progress but I‟m also interested in how I might deepen my own level of inquiry as a teacher and learner, as Timperley suggests in the video. I found her point about XXXXX helpful but I‟m not sure how to put it into practice. Any helpful hints?
  15. 15. Online Module 2Leading Professional Learning: An IntroductionOnline Forum – Discussion Topic 3: Feedback and “my class” “Feedback is conceptualised as information provided by an agent (e.g. teacher, peer, book, parent, self, experience) regarding aspect‟s of one‟s performance or understanding” (Hattie & Timperley, 2007). Go online and discuss ways in which feedback – from a variety of sources – has helped you in your professional life. How might your experience be applied in assisting and enhancing the achievements of “your class”?• This discussion calls for quite a bit of sharing of solid, professional information and resources, not just opinion. The best way of ensuring this happens is to “model” what‟s required if you don‟t see the information appearing in the early course of the forum.
  16. 16. Online Module 2Discussion Topic 3: Feedback and “my class” .../2 An example of modelling the response required here: I think that I‟ve become more confident in giving appropriate feedback as my teaching experience has increased but I still think there‟s room for improvement for me. I‟ve found this website has helped with exploring these issues more thoroughly and I thought that some of you might also find it helpful: www.helpfulfeedbackhints.org.au(Not a real website) I‟d really appreciate any suggestions of other helpful websites and/or copies of resources.
  17. 17. Online Module 2Leading Professional Learning: An IntroductionOnline Forum – Discussion Topic 4: PACs Go online and share with your learning group your insights into the key components of PACs and your ideas on how they might be best introduced and used in your school.• There are two clear requirements to this discussion: the (honest) personal opinion on the practical introduction of PACs in the school AND the insights into the “key components of PACs”• In your moderation, then, you will be sharing your own opinion AND ensuring that the “key components” are addressed at some level.For example: There‟s quite a lot to consider in these PACs, isn‟t there? I‟d really value comments on my ideas on the key components and their implementation as I‟m not feeling confident that I‟m covering everything. So ... here‟s my list (and please give me your feedback and ideas): ....

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