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Thinking differently about school strand

October 28th, 2009

In this Day 2 strand of the Shifting Thinking Conference we will be thinking and talking about changing the focus on our practice in school.

Session 1: Shifting Thinking about Reading

Facilitators: Juliet Twist and Sue McDowall

What is the difference between a reading lesson of the past, and what we need now? We have been grappling with this question as part of our Lifelong Literacy project on the integration of reading and key competencies, and invite you to come and discuss it with us. We will explore what the shift in teaching practice might look like, and how a picture book of a traditional story might be used to help achieve that shift (multiple copies of the picture book will be available for you to use).

Session 2: Who says schools need to look and work the way they do?

Facilitator: Perry Rush

Graeme Nuthall challenges us to question the cultural morays of schooling; the assumptions on which we construct schooling and educational practice. In this session we will identify these assumptions. We will explore Tawa School’s City Site and Discovery 1 School as examples of school communities that are prepared to think differently and walk the talk.

Session 3:  Changing the focus in science

Facilitator: Ally Bull

We’ve heard about the need for a different sort of education if our children are to develop the capabilities they will need to be able to function as “critical, informed and responsible citizens”. How do we bridge the gap from “now” to where we want to be? This session will provide some concrete ideas for how teachers might make the first steps to doing things differently in primary science.

Session 4: Who are the experts?

Facilitators: Lorraine McKay and Renee Campbell

In this session you are invited to join in a discussion with a group of parents as they think about what schools are really for, what they want from school, who should make the decisions about children’s learning, and what the respective roles of teachers and parents are.

Conference: November 2009

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