This idea of ubiquity when we look back at our collective data over the years show when teachers are in front of students our learners show progress. When they are away from us the learning level stops and sadly often drops back for our learners during our summer holidays. Enter the 'Summer Learning Journey' to support ubiquitous learning. This is where students choose to be part of the learning journey and have great support from a head teacher with helpers (often Uni students) giving daily feedback to support the learning journey. The active student participants returned to school and showed continued progress in learning levels! Woo hoo!
Now we prepare for the goolgle test - 3 hours whoop whoop! I have finished and have no idea if I have passed but on with badging my blog!
Reflection I shared:
The range of backgrounds of members in our group was great to be part of. A real life picture of what our school communities are made up of...the less experienced through to the experienced...those directly impacting whanau as coordinators/leaders through to the very young beginning teacher, mature teacher but new to the country etc. Showing again how key this DFI course is in enabling the fundamentals of teaching and learning best way possible across schools.
DFI makes very clear how pedagogy links to the digital, the people, LCS - Manaiakalani, makes very clear the reason Manaiakalani is so important! It enables communities of educators to get up to speed, refresh, renew and refine our practice in teaching and learning. The whole package offered and delivered did this for me. To be given time away from the class weekly a huge help for me...likely would not be able to do so otherwise if I had to book this time another way. Thank you to all who enable this to happen.
Manaiakalani the journey:
Have been part of this from the beginning and to have the journey and it's details organised and presented as it has was humbling. Humbling and so awesome to see that what was tried, kept or cast away lol - we have contributed to and is now used as a successful set of practices across NZ wow!!
To have knowledge/practice that in the past often explained as 'The good teacher' does, NOW demystified. This course is empowering to all who can join and the knock on will be the empowerment of the school communities they represent. This takes away mentality of the one magic pill or one amazing teacher...DFI kits you up to be this and more!
Thank you very much Dorothy, Gerhard and the Manaiakalani team - the Maniakalani Trust who enable this to happen!