This week’s provocation at Hobsonville Point Secondary School was Grant Lichtman’s Deeper Learning Cheat Sheet. To follow up on this our Learning Design Kitchen Table (20 minute staff ‘meeting’) was an activity based upon that reading.
We started off by looking again at the tips that Grant has disseminated for increasing student engagement, curiosity and student centred practice.
Many of these strategies are commonplace and found every day throughout our school. But we recognise that we can always improve our practice. So, we focused on how we can scale up or amplify our practice on these. Each staff member was given an A3 sheet of paper and asked to write down the following:
- 2 aspects you will develop and put into practice in the next 2 weeks
- Why these 2 aspects?
- How you envision this to look in your class
This left us about 10 minutes to get feedback and discussion on these. I thought it was important that the feedback came from outside each teacher’s normal day to day circle. So staff had to pair up with a colleague who was not in the same learning community, not in a team of any sort with (leadership etc.) and not someone that they are coteaching or working on a project with. We all then had to give feedback using at least 2 of “I like…” “I wish…” or “I wonder…”.
The room was buzzing over the next 10 minutes as staff discussed how they were going to implement these strategies and received feedback from a colleague. Looking forward to the Kitchen Table session in 2 weeks time when we feedback on our progress on these!