Self-Study – Meeting One

Discussions in this forum are based around thinking through our own self-study and an opportunity to speak together as critical friends. Our role is to push one another, ask questions and challenge assumptions. I’ve decided to record the conversations here through a unfiltered and unorganised series of bullet points. We cover a range of topics in these discussions as we look into what each other are doing. From these notes, I hope to find launching pads to inquire into something that I’m interested in and want to delve into further:

  • I’m still uncertain whether I’ve got the mix right between learning and assessment. I’ve heard kids say they want to do 3.4, rather than “I want to look at censorship”.
  • When looking at how to start a self-directed year. Maybe I could start with significant development to give everyone a home base? This is the approach in a similar Science course.
  • Dissonance – the difference between what we say and what we do. (From Dictionary – “lack of agreement; especially : inconsistency between the beliefs one holds or between one’s actions and one’s beliefs”)
  • Individual Education Process, not programme. Interesting change in definition. A philosophical shift. Thanks BR!
  • What’s the difference between one-to-one instruction and whole class instruction? How this impact could disengaged students? What is the most effective method of instruction for disengaged or reluctant learners?
  • Question of expectations: teachers sometimes get caught up on the work rather than the hidden curriculum and the learning that might be going on implicitly. Sometimes this is the learning that is coming from failure.
  • Grabbing the teachable moments. Important to remember.
  • What’s my next step if I don’t feel like learning is driving the class? How do I swing it back from assessment?
  • Praise – make a distinction between the being and the doing. Question of how you acknowledge work without creating a demotivating hierarchy through using praise… The difference between praising the person and the work. Carol Dweck’s research – people that have self-confidence will be more willing to do the hard stuff.

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