Friday, 4 March 2016

Key Competencies for the future

Last week I attend a conference put on by Greater Wellington Regional Council with @NZTAeducation




Below are some thoughts from Rose Hipkin's plenary

As always, stunning provocations from Rose.

Rose started her plenary by asking us...

Think of an an episode from your own teaching experience where you saw " lifelong learning" in action...
The instant silence in the room was not lost on us. This question stopped us in our tracks. We immediately needed to think and think hard.

My group shared examples like...
Things that interrupted us. Things that jarred us. Shocked us. Woke us up.

I then wondered if it was possible that
The conditions to enable life long learning... Perhaps, might be, Situations where certainty & uncertainty were in balance.

Rose then went on to discuss the take home messages. 
(a bit like serving dessert first at a dinner party!)



















(I think about this...

The word 'take' has a jarring effect on me.

Is this the  language that supports us to work with a future focussed lens? I think this is worth us thinking about. Is 'taking' an action we can keep doing?

So, when I'm  wondering what does collaboration look, feel and sound like. I'm not sure 'take' is assisting in the conditions for collaboration to play out.  Has any one else thought about this? 

Perhaps... What might I contribute to the message today? If we asked ourselves this we might then need to think a bit harder than usual. 

So I'm listening to Rose and I"m thinking about how the Key Competencies contribute to teaching for complexity. That it is through the key competencies that curriculum knowledge might shift from static to action. Where curriculum knowledge is invited to become a verb. Where it's not what we know, but what we can do with what we know. To do this we need the capabilities.)


Rose discussed the following points:

The Key competencies are capabilities for life long learning.

Key competencies are critical thinking frameworks for everyday.

Key competencies are the lens to bring the 'So What' into our thinking.

The elephant in the room is - CONTENT.

It's not how we select content but how we develop content.

Rose asked us all to make sure we read:

David Perkins book Future Wise. 


















Rose discussed David Perkins thoughts on the conditions for rich learning experiences

3 agendas that work against rich learning experiences 1.Push for achievement 2.Focus on knowing all the stuff 3.Focus on expertise Perkins

This does not mean the situation is hopeless, but we do need to think hard and dig deeper to understanding the role each point activates.

Rose finished her plenary asking us - that if nothing else...
Where in our planning and implementation of teaching and learning are the rich connections?
Where is the level of challenge?
How does each of these make a contribution to our future?

At the end of the day..
Weather you take something home..
contribute some thing to the space...

The one action that must happen is...
Re imagine the teaching, re imagine the learning so it is meaningful and future focussed for all students.







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