The end of the year is a natural time for educators to pause and reflect. Reflection depends on careful observation and analysis of practice as well as experimentation with innovative ideas and strategies. By sharing learning transparently and publicly, the community of educators can learn from and with each other. It’s an opportunity to engage in a rich dialogue with those outside our individual organizations, and often this approach pushes and extends thinking and learning.
Not surprisingly, then, we wrapped up the school year of #NGLCchat by dedicating an hour for reflection. Featured guests and participants tackled four key questions:
- What are you most proud of this year?
- What was your “learning moment” this year? What did you learn?
- What hypotheses did you have about this work, about school and learning, that proved accurate?
- What hypotheses did you have about this work, about school and learning, that proved inaccurate?
The individual responses are fascinating and worth checking out. This post captures broad themes for a collective perspective on the conversation.
Learning in breakthrough model schools has been transformed and the impact these models have on students and families is positive.
Creating communities of practice makes learning visible, builds shared ownership and momentum.
Students and teachers learning together is powerful.
Strong partnerships foster and support the work.
Learning is a socially constructed process.
Educators must be next gen learners if we ever expect our students to be next gen learners.
Educators and stakeholders must define what learning looks like and share the vision.
Students’ learning deepens and their agency and voice increase when given ownership.
Learning (and designing schools for deeper learning outcomes) is a continuous and evolving process.
Engaging students is critical.
Technology is an enabler.
All students can benefit from personalized learning.
For more reflective insights like these, check out the chat recap:
- The Power of Learning Networks - Guest blogger Laurie Gagnon of the Center for Collaborative Education shares how the Assessment for Learning Project network is framed as a “Learning Agenda”—each project is focused on wider learning from the work even as they are doing the work.
- School’s Out for the Summer! Revisiting the Hypotheses Behind Next Gen Learning - Find out how several of our leading school innovators answered two questions about the previous school year. Their answers might surprise you.
- Experts Share Wicked Cool Curriculum to Fuel Next Gen Learning - See the top takeaways from the previous #NGLCchat on next gen curriculum.