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 explore these ideas through process drama in the “sharing power and responsibility” entry point session at the 2012 Shifting Thinking Workshop
In this video NZCER chief researcher Rose Hipkins says getting students to participate in and contribute to the creation of new knowledge is something she has long seen as a dilemma, since she was a classroom teacher. She talks about the entry point session at the 2012 Shifting Thinking Workshop. Read more about this session in Sue McDowall’s previous blogposting.
What do people want from a workshop? We have thought long and hard about this question. Listen as Jennifer Garvey Berger describes how this question has influenced the design of the Shifting Thinking Workshop 2012
You can also hear Rachel talking about the challenges for our team to “think differently” about the Workshop’s design in this video
Dr. Jennifer Garvey Berger talks about how we might develop our capabilities to work with complexity, and what to expect from her session at the 2012 Shifting Thinking Workshop.
You might also like to check out Jennifer’s recent book Changing on the job: Developing leaders for a complex world
If you’ve been checking in regularly to the Shifting Thinking 2012 Workshop page you’ll have seen us talk about 5 “entry points” into the workshop’s overarching theme of participating and contributing.
In the video below I talk about where these entry points came from, why they matters, and also what I hope that you (our participants) will bring with you as you “enter” into the Shifting Thinking space.
Our first Shifting Thinking gathering in 2009 was called a “conference”, but this year’s gathering is a “Workshop”. What’s the difference? Watch the video below to find out why (according to me) the difference matters! I also say a little bit what you can expect when you come to Shifting Thinking 2012.
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Earlier this month, Guy Claxton, well-known British educationalist and writer, was visiting Wellington. We took this opportunity to get him to talk to some of the school communities we have been working with in our research project, Families and community engagement in education. Guy talked about why and how education needs to be different and what parents can do to help their children. One of the main messages he gave was that schools need to be helping students build “learning power”. He was clear that this did not mean neglecting standards but rather ensuring that students were taught in ways that also helped them become more independent, resourceful, and resilient learners.
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Jane Gilbert, Chief Researcher at NZCER, discusses knowledge and implications for education, as presented on day 1 of The Shifting Thinking conference: 3 November 2009.
Setting: a well-loved chair outside the rehearsal room at Circa theatre, during day two.
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Jane Gilbert, Chief Researcher at NZCER discusses new educational ideas and how real change might be effected and sustained, as presented on day 1 of The Shifting Thinking conference: 3 November 2009.
Setting: a well-loved chair outside the rehearsal room at Circa theatre, during day two