During Ulearn I heard Kevin Honeycutt talking of making it 'rewindable'. Making our teaching and our learning rewindable is a challenge and I have been perculating this idea...
On Wednesday morning at the Corebreakfast with Karen Melhuish-Spencer I had a real aha moment. Making it rewindable for staff professional development is something I could see as immediately possible.
Many of the things I have tried in my class this year are new for our school. At the start of the year the wonderful Jane recorded an Edtalk as I set out to co-create, with my students, a radically different learning space to the one our students are used to.
Recently we recorded another chapter in the journey looking at how the learning spaces have impacted on our learning...
Our classroom practice has transformed. The learners are engaged in their learning journey, and empowered to identify successes and challenges, set goals, and work to achieve these goals. The learners are able to articulate their learning needs and identify who they need support from and who they can support.
The recording of these stories makes the journey rewindable.
The aha moment was when Karen got me thinking about staff professional development. What if we created a school professional development blog? What if we shared our stories and journeyed together? What if we made our teaching inquiries visible? How good could it really be?
So back to school I went on a mission to make it rewindable. I had just worked with my class to record a story to share with our school community - engaging with the class blogs. I am adding that to the PD blog, making it rewindable for staff.
I have added it to the school website making it rewindable for the community to revisit.
Then I got thinking about our recent RTLB interventions. I have worked with my class to implement paired writing. Our writing results were fantastic and the rest of the staff are interested in the journey. What if I record a paired writing session and put it on the blog - making it rewindable for the staff?
What if the learners record the story of our Word Whiz sessions for the PD blog. Four other classes are using the Elkonin boxes for word whiz sessions. What if we all collaborated and shared on the PD blog to identify early interventions? How good could this really be?
So we did just that. My word whiz gurus reflected on their journey and we got out the ipad and recorded a quick reflection. What a great start to this sharing...
Here it is Would you believe the word Zack chose to demo on his iPad! MAGIC! (unprompted) -
A HUGE thank you to Kevin and Karen for getting in my head, for making connections, for allowing me to see the potential, for empowering us to create, innovate, and share.
How good can it really be? It can be MAGIC!