Last week I was lucky enough to have the chance to attend Learning2 at the International School of Manila.
Almost a week has gone by and I’m still wow’ed by the thoughts running through my head.
What’s at the top of the list?
Sam Sherratt’s talk on breaking free from the molds that we all find ourselves stuck in: schedules, what a ‘teacher’ is, the school itself. He drew all his own visuals (I think in the Paper app for iPad) and they were amazing.
And I’m still thinking about what he said.
And thinking about how I can break free of the molds around me.
It makes me think that moving to Asia to work isn’t a bad idea.
Kim focused on rethinking our perceptions of social media in a classroom and allowing our students to use those platforms to share their learning. She says, “We can empower our students to build communities around ideas that matter to make a difference in our world today.”
Jeff questioned, “What do we need to replace because it’s 2015?” He went on to wonder why any 2nd grader is learning about maps on paper, since no one uses that format any longer. It’s a really good question. Shouldn’t we be teaching the students how to navigate Google Maps on the devices so that they are learning the modality they’ll use in real life?
Towards the end of his talk he mentioned the idea that all international schools want to be a “leading” school, but also ask for the research behind a new idea he might present. Jeff stipulated that leading schools don’t follow the research, they create it.
I had never looked at it like that before.
But it is so true.
And thought provoking.
I wonder how many school directors will take the time to really think about that idea.
Another thing I really enjoyed about the conference was the role the students played. They were active in several workshops I attended and two high school students lead a workshop on Makey Makeys that I was blown away by. High school students leading a room full of teachers. They had great visuals and plenty of hands-on activities.
Many adults could take a few lessons from these students.
And now, I sit in my desk in Milan, exactly six months in advance of the Learning2 conference in Milan.
It’s going to be awesome!
But there’s still a long way to go between here and awesomeness!
Time to get back to work!
We hope you’ll join us for Learning2 in Milan April 7-9, 2016!