Stonefields Primary School - 4 years old - growing - passionate about driving change in learning
Theme - Trying to replicate anything is difficult - complexity theory - you may not have all the 'ingredients'
Theory - Cynefin Change Framework - levels of leadership - change is complex, because relationships are complex
Open space learning is about negotiating the relationships in the spaces - not just student teacher / teacher teacher. Generally classrooms became a 'Kingdom' ( my classroom, my kids). Teacher training needs to change to address this - very soon.
These new buildings create new affordances - a fundamental shift in the way we navigate spaces and negotiate relationships.
Question - Will we ever be in our own classroom on our own in 10 years time?
The complex domain - constant change constant flux - unknown unknowns - innovative and imaginative possibilities.
Chris called his staff brave, as did Stacey Quince - teachers need to be brave to make changes.
School Vision -
Build learning capacity
Collaboration - students who are willing to work together when needed
Break through - spend time working on what they are good at - know what they are good at!
Why shared spaces ? What is the OECD view of the benefits?
Professional development model
No fluffy notion of what teachers do - if we are not creating learning then we need to know what to do.
BUT teachers need TIME to
- think alone
Even in our small model at RHS we are struggling with this.
The teacher team has many dichotomies to address - private/ public ; walled/ transparent.
What are we learning?
A real growth in incidental professional development - professional learning communitiesc are geographically located and happening in real time all the time. This has a significant impact on student learning.
'Being in a arranged marriage' - collaboration involves some risk - the greater good 'we go' not 'ego'.
Group mind - mindset actively interrogates what is being done - always discuss them elephant in the room - tidiness, timeliness (!!!)
What sort of teachers?
Lone star - own thing !
Butterfly - collaborate over everything!
T shaped worker - can do both - benefit learners.
'We not me' - our kids, not my kids - our space, not my space!
Is it working?
Feedback from students, parents, community suggest so. Student engagement suggests so.
What works together?
Really enjoyed Chris' presentation today - lots to think about re our own building