Musing on motivation and NCEA

September 11th, 2012

Just recently I’ve been thinking about what motivates secondary students to want to learn, and specifically the complex but important relationship between motivation/engagement and NCEA. So often we hear that kids won’t learn anything (in their senior secondary years) unless there will be a reward of credits for the effort they make. Pretty much every [...]

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Researching the future of education and community engagement: “hard fun”?

August 31st, 2012

For many years some of us at NZCER have been chipping away at  the gnarly question of what it might take to achieve deep levels of community and public engagement with education – not just for the purposes of  engaging the community in debates around the perceived educational issues of today, but to start to [...]

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Supporting future-oriented learning: A new report

June 12th, 2012

The Ministry of Education has just released a report we prepared for them entitled Supporting future-oriented learning and teaching – a New Zealand perspective. It’s great to have this work out in the public sphere, and given its focus I think it may be of particular interest to you in our Shifting Thinking community. The report [...]

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Traces… (post-workshop reflections part 1)

May 7th, 2012

It is Monday afternoon after the 2012 Shifting Thinking Workshop and this is my office floor… Sifting through this eclectic pile of paper reveals fascinating traces of  thoughts and conversations that took place at the Workshop.   The researcher in me is puzzling now about what to do with the traces I have. Can I [...]

Workshop 2012

Growing complex

April 23rd, 2012

I am on the long flight home from a series of workshops and classes in Boston: at Harvard, at Children’s Hospital, with world-class coaches and consultants. In each of these places, the idea of complexity looms large—not just because I bring it along, but because it’s already there. I ask my participants about the increasing [...]

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Countdown to the Shifting Thinking Workshop 2012

April 20th, 2012

Countdown to The Shifting Thinking Workshop, May 3-4 …… We look forward to seeing you in just under two weeks! (Make sure you don’t forget to register, if you haven’t already) Below you’ll find some helpful information prior to the Workshop and a small request… 1. Pre-Workshop: Please answer these two questions! Prior to the Workshop, [...]

Workshop 2012

Finding discipline-related problems, asking discipline-related questions

April 12th, 2012

The comments from Rachel Bolstad and NZteacher both point to the kinds of questions children ask. Ideally (in my mind) we want children to ask questions and find problems that are consistent with the ‘whole game’ they are playing – whether that is the game of science, mathematics, or – in the example I gave [...]

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Problem finding

April 10th, 2012

I’m still thinking about the question I asked myself in my earlier posting. I think the main way the learning opportunities I offered my students differed from ‘playing the whole game’ was that my students did not get to be problem finders. According to David Perkins, playing the whole game involves not just problem solving [...]

Knowledge generation, Workshop 2012

Te Wahanga on culture and identity

April 5th, 2012

Jessica Hutchings and Alex Barnes from Te Wahanga, NZCER, discuss the perspective their session on identity and culture will bring to shifting thinking about participating and contributing.

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Why do we find it difficult to share power with learners?

April 5th, 2012

Why is it often difficult to give up control and share power with our learners, even when we believe this is important? Jenny Whatman says she drew her inspiration from an incident that occurred more than 30 years ago, when she was a drama teacher in an Auckland secondary school. You’ll have a chance to [...]

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