April 29, 2015
I have been doing some work in the Teacher Accreditation space with particular focus on the ICT/Learning Technology skills related descriptors for the different strands of the official document: – Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.
In view of what is on the horizon ( pre 2004 and post 2004 teachers) I thought it prudent to have a look at where ICT potential courses could be developed (endorsed and teacher identified).
I have been though the document and tried to do two things:
1. Identify the key ICT descriptors in the seven strands and placed them on a grid.
2. Link Career Stages ( Graduate, Proficient, Highly Accomplished and Lead Teacher) to possible ICT related activities –
Anyway here is a draft of what I am talking about and I thought I would share it with the group. Scaffold Learning Technology Skills for Teacher Accreditation
Happy for any feed back and for you to use as you wish.
April 17, 2015
My holiday reading was rewarding.
I started out with the biography of John XXIII. I am trying to read about the key global people that have been around while I have been alive.
I followed this up with reading a biography on Bill Clinton. Always like reading about politicians.
Next on the agenda is a book about on the relationship between genes and training across a range of sporting individuals. Essentially focussing on the the 10 000 hour principle.
The geographer in me read the papers from the last Hornsby Council Meeting.
Of course there has to be at least one iBook about running – The Way of a Runner which is about the Japanses monks that run a marathon a day for a thousand days.
On top of this was some binge watching of a variety of TV series and movies.
All balanced with between an hour and two hours of running and walking each day. Runs no longer than 6 km.
March 18, 2015
March 9, 2015
If you don’t use data for strategy there is no point using the information.
It is about providing context to the use of the data.
15 years ago. Look at the explanation for the results above average below average. Did we know where they were in the average.
1. Using the school certificate. Using NAPLAN
2. How did they go in HSC compared to similar students in Catholic students.
Last two years vs secondary school.??
3. Context compared to state compared to Catholic school student comparison of other courses they did.
Adding more data into the mix is only useful if you get more explanatory power. Hence year 7 Japan is included.
You can learn to be smart. It is all about self concept. Person who runs their own race and gets organised.
10000 hour theory.
Johns website – datastrategy.com.au
Without data I am just another person with an opinion.
You would not expect Naplan to give you a stonger base because it is longer ago.
SES does not count a lot for student achievement. SeS does count a lot for school achievement.
Bookings institute drive and improvement.
Naplan 14 % weaker than School Certificate
2013 results were last to do SC and first to do NAPLAN in year 7.
Achieved vs typical. It was expected results but what if you want more than expected hence typical. Size of blob small group of bigger blog spead bigger bigger blob and third factor the strength of the model. Weaker models wider blob – increases standard model. Blob indicating the uncertainty.
Softest putty in your hands is teachers self concept if you are a leader. This was John’ s PhD
John Peg UNE primary maths professor interest in maths self concept.
Without data you are another person with an opinion.
1 Trends from data
2 Develop a hypothesis
3 Then intervention
4 The outcomes
Data judgement – subversion – you did well or not.
Data questions – diagnosis – habit of mind. Professional learning community. The latter a contested space when they are doing well.
Questions lead to have a positive effect in teaching and learning. If it is judgement is used it leads to hiding the data. If you ask a question. The data becomes open and transparent.
Give more time on task but no improvement. What are you doing different with more time on task.
Course improvement can happen quickly. School improvement is a long slow process. The culture is in the staff. Change climate not culture – it is evident in what people do. Do people greet people with courtesy. Self defeating self satisfying culture. Change the behaviour of this culture.
Hence how to approach the culture of judgement.
Data the divide The data used well frames good questions. Used poorly they rush judgement.
Two ways to improve results – brighter kids or improve learning.
Result = starting point + learning. Therefore why they started with and what they learned hence the difference.
The amount of learning is he difference between he result and stating point.
Learning = result – starting point.
Top two much same as bottom two Improvement with same cohort due to changes in pedagogy.
NB first graph – no naplan. Second graph with naplan results. Third graph. Best ten units and Naplan. Graph 4 all units equally weighted.
2. Good grip bad group pattern. Top and lower groups go different direction
3 Coasting. Not above as much as we should be. Above line top two and below line bottom twin.
As a principal third graph going up – learning gain.
Ranked biggest to lowest learning gain.
Difference centre of blob to line. Delta difference of edge to line.
Two types of patterns.
Whole school pattern
Why is the courses contribution to the school. What is he pattern in the course.
February 21, 2015
Day 1 Professor Sohail Inagatullah
These are some notes for a very thought provoking day , the first of a weekend think tank, on the future directon of my school.
We started with some top shelf thinking about future scenarios about Cairns potentially with out the Great Barrier Reef, driverless cars, how cancer is a way of life and not necessarily a death sentence, pizzas been made by 3D printers, robots as partners in Japan and the treatment of crime as a beast , a virus and the respective varied responses.
Suitably set up with a challenge to our thinking we then emabarked on a workshop, expertly facilitated by Sohail.
“How do we take our uniquenessto come out with something else.”
“The future is an asset to be used. See the world differently”
“Future is not an empty space but like the past and active part of the present”
“Culture eats strategy for breakfast.”
“Don’t add challenges to people in despair”
” Why do you need a place to collect information when information is distributed?”
“Keeper of the collection to innovator of the gardens”
“Big fish in a small pond.
Small fish in a big pond.
Swim in a school”
“Gen Y are like strawberries – touch them and they are damaged” – Not saying I agree.
Aging Population – Gen Y and X ” Baby boomers are going to be around longer how can we get a promotion?”
For future research – macrohistorical patterns
1. Cyclical – IBN Khaldun
2. Linear – Auguste Comte and Herbert Spencer
3. Pendulum – Pitirim Sorokin
4. The spiral – PR Sarkar
As well as these genric ideas there was a lot of discussion and planning for 2030.
Dealing with an issue:
1. Litany of headlines – medical errors
2. Systemic – need a check list so issue does not happen
3. Worldview – paternalistion and hierarchial appoach to medicine
4. Myths and Metaphors – Dr knows best.
Intervention needs to happen at all levels.