Change Agents: “If you build it they [may not necessarily] come” The key is provision and empowerment #cefpioz14

Thoroughly agree with this nice reflection from Anne at NBCS. They are a school where visitors are captivated by their learning spaces however it is the vision and planning from guys like Stephen Harris and Steve Colliss that resulted in what they have. Great spaces with staff who know how to use them to maximise the learning.

We used some different furniture configurations a few years ago to complement the learning experiences that had grown from the implementation of our 1:1 program. Unfortunately we left it at that and did not continue to build on the momentum that had developed. A missed opportunity!

Staff need to be continually inspired and challenged unfortunately at present we are being overwhelmed by a bombardment of ‘compliance’ requirements pushed down from above. We will continue on the ‘race to nowhere’ while we get few opportunities to reflect on how we can be more effective educators in this complex world of education.

I wonder how many of our schools have staff attending the EduTech Conference in Brisbane this week? I know of a College not far from us that sent seven staff as they seek to build a culture of innovation in learning. Money is always the issue but if we continue to believe ‘that teachers are best served by being in front of their classes’ we will never get any innovation happening!

anne knock

There are two things you need to know about me:

1. I’m not at fond of Kevin Costner movies
2. I have never believed the rhetoric of “If you build it they will come”

“No such thing as best practice in education anymore, education is complex in the knowledge economy.” Prof Martin Westwall

Building something is just the start of providing the context, following close on the heals is empowering the people to step up and make it happen. The world of full of edifices, both real and metaphorical, where the people didn’t actually come.

Currently I am at the CEFPI Conference in Adelaide and we just heard from Professor Martin Westwell, Strategic Professor in the Science of Learning at Flinders University. Martin is an engaging and challenging speaker who debunked a lot of myths around what we think about learning.

For educators and architects, the primary audience of is…

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