Learners at the centre
The Nature of Learning - OECD report
- I read this booklet at the end of last year and I started to think about
students I had taught . The book highlights 7 key principles of learning.
The key take away is for me is to start thinking about the all learners being at the centre, it's not about the teacher being the "sage on the stage". And that as teachers we need to ensure that the
conditions in our classes will help all learners achieve to their potential. The poster below says it
all. We just can't expect to turn up and teach the same way we have for 20 years.
21st Century learners need 21st century teaching and learning environments, "we need to redesign learning environments that harness the potential of digital technologies in a knowledge-based economy to develop 21 century learning competencies for our learners." Nature of Learning
Another concept that has made me reflect on what and how I teach is UDL- Universal Design for Learning. Both colleagues Chrissie Butler and Lynne Silcock have presented workshops at team Hui and have shared ways we can use these principals in working with akonga. For me the image below
says it all. We need to teach to include those at the edges, not just the ones in the middle.
This concept has changed my practice in two ways. I have changed how I prepare for my workshops-
I will send out a pre-workshop survey, send an outline of the day by email, participants are shared in to the presentation at the start of the day, videos are enabled to have subtitles, there are handouts for those who prefer a paper copy, seating is flexible.
When talking to teachers about their students, I am aware of the impact of UDL and how making some small changes can make a difference to students and their learning. In a recent conversation with a teacher, she told me about a student who found verbal instructions a challenge. I suggested she print out a copy of the instructions so the student could have a paper copy to refer to. And why not print out another larger copy and put on the wall for any other student that might find reading or re-reading the instructions useful. While it seems obvious to me now, I know that many teachers do not
think about this aspect with regard to their students. This is one concept that we share in our work with schools
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