Destination Christchurch 2019: What I learnt about learning?

It’s the learners who matter, not the curriculum, not the teacher, not the timetable, the learners. This past week Christchurch-based colleague, Cheryl Doig and I facilitated a week of professional learning for Sydney-based school leaders. Sharing my reflections here: We visited school working within the NZ system and simultaneously stretching boundaries of ‘what’s possible’. These […]

Collaboration – where do you begin? Six steps for your design team to get collaborative

A couple of days ago I concluded the three day Design for the Long Haul workshop with the team of teachers from an elementary school in Toronto. The ideas around learning design-thinking, collaboration and empathy mapping were relatively new to most of them. But they were up for the challenge. As a methodology, design-thinking is […]

The Future of Learning: If you only work on TWO SKILLS…

Yesterday I had two conversations that really made me think. First of all, Adrian, a consultant working in the tech sector who’s ahead of the game with technology for learning and work. I was keen to know what’s next in tech, we spoke about the future trends in digital innovation. When I asked about what […]

“Classrooms are just too complicated for research to ever tell teachers what to do”

This is the provocative statement was made by Dylan Wiliams (DW) as he addressed an awards ceremony for teachers in Glasgow recently. (Available tes.com) He suggests that teaching is at best a ‘partial profession’, it’s an unusual job, compared to other professions. As a comparison, medications prescribed by doctors are ‘prescriptive’ as the name suggests. […]

Destination Christchurch NZ: An immersive professional learning experience.

Disruption has characterised this city. In February 2011, the land was disrupted by a magnitude 6.3 earthquake, causing significant loss of life and severe damage. Then in March 2019, there was ‘human’ disruption, with significant loss of life once again. I see a great sense of community and optimism in the people of Christchurch, where […]

Building Community Capacity for Transformational Change

A conference speaker asked the audience, ‘Who thinks the world is changing at a rate so fast it’s hard to keep up?’ Of course, many hands went up. To which he responded, “You know, it’s never going to be this slow again!”. Too often, in my experience, the so-called ‘change management’ process associated with a […]

Future of Learning (is design): Creating the ‘need-to-know’

How might we design meaningful engagement and authentic learning experiences? In every educational jurisdiction there are curriculum guidelines that frame the content to teach, outcomes to achieve and standards to reach. But what comes first, the content or the learner?  This question is at the heart of engaging the disconnected learner, the content of the […]

Future of Learning (is design): Let’s talk about ‘the lecture’

When was the last time you, as an adult learner, placed yourself in an unfamiliar, yet necessary learning context? Learning something that made your brain hurt? I like to use the expression in my workshops ‘create the need-to-know’, asking educators about whether the content has purposeful application to a context that matters to the learner. […]

CLD Tour 2018: Wish you were here!

CLD: Culture – Learning – Design These three words were the compass guiding this uniquely rich professional learning experience Culture: How might we challenge our own paradigm regarding the people, the content and the  context of learning? Learning: How might the experience of school be enhanced and deepened through learner-centred practices? Design: How might we […]

The Future of Learning: Designing for differentiation not settling for standardisation

A bowling alley is characterised by a cavernous spaces made up of lane-upon-lane, with weighty balls hurtling down each one. As a ball is bowled, it’s heading toward the pins which are standing at attention, awaiting the impact at the other end. Is your school like a bowling alley? The pins, like students, are passive […]