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Coaching for learning at Noadswood School
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Digital support for Authentic Enquiry
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Image, metaphor and sacred song lines as a language for learning
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Developing a language for learning at Matthew Moss High School
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What are Schools For? – conference report

Coaching for learning at Noadswood School

Learning Futures Evaluation Meeting  Noadswood School 31.01.11 Eddie and Jenny describe their professional learning in prototyping ‘coaching for learning’ with their year seven classes, as part of their Enquiry Based Learning project.  The project began with a  Hook Day, followed by a two week break, then the Enquiry Project which ran on for 5 weeks, although it was planned to be shorter than this.  Jenny was leading the ‘control’ group, i.e. Enquiry and no formal coaching, while Eddie was leading the ‘experimental’ group which included formal coaching, as taught by Sam Green and the Waitrose team.  The key theme offered by the teachers was ‘conflict’.  Qing collected a significant amount of data from students and observations in Eddie’s class, and[…]

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Digital support for Authentic Enquiry

Just back from a workshop trialling our WordPress plugins for EnquiryBlogger, a tool we’re developing for Learning Futures. [slideshare id=6039473&doc=enquiryblogger-lf-dec2010-101205143629-phpapp01] We had a mixed group of Learning Futures teachers, other teachers and workplace learning specialists, convened by Ruth Deakin Crick from the Systems Learning & Leadership group at U. Bristol. The group was being introduced to, and engaging in, an example of authentic enquiry, as proposed by Deakin Crick, which starts with the selection of a specific, concrete object, place or person, and then builds out from there through a range of activities, to connect with bigger questions and existing knowledge: Deakin Crick, R. (2009). Inquiry-based learning: reconciling the personal with the public in a democratic and archaeological pedagogy. Curriculum[…]

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Developing a language for learning at Matthew Moss High School

Watch this video to hear a head teacher,  a teacher and a couple of students talking about how they have developed a language for learning using the seven dimensions of learning power. Matthew Moss High School is a Learning Futures school where they have developed educational practice based on Deming’s systems thinking.

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What are Schools For? – conference report

What are Schools For? (10 Dec 2010, London) was the launch event for the UK’s Whole Education network, whose partners number many of the country’s most dynamic organisations seeking to effect educational transformation. “So far the active partners behind Whole Education include: ASDAN, Building Learning Power, Channel 4, The Co-operative College, Discovering Language, Flow, Food for Life Partnership, Futurelab, HTI, Human Scale Education, Incerts, Innovation Unit, Learning to Lead, Open Futures, Paul Hamlyn Foundation, RSA Opening Minds, School-Home Support, Sixth Form Colleges Forum, Skill Force, Speakers Trust, UK Youth, ViTaL Partnerships Ltd, World Challenge and The Young Foundation.” I went along wearing two hats: (i) as an Open Univ. researcher I’m tracking the shifting learning landscape with a particular interest[…]

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