I thought I would do a video post reflecting on what for me are the three key themes that emerged during my recent professional learning experience.
Hopefully, the posts over the past few weeks from Canada, US and Scotland capture the current challenges, ideas and trends across school systems. Two things resonate across the globe – every educational system is facing similar challenges and the recognition that teacher learning is at the heart of improving student learning, and thus schooling.
How this understanding is addressed is the real challenge. The mainstream professional development models have passed their use by date and we need fresh ideas and approaches, ideas that involve the teacher and the learner and the content in a constant cycle of ongoing reflection and dialogue.
This means, I believe, that many thing are likely to change. We will redefine what it means to be a teacher, we will change the way teachers work, teachers will have more control of their working life and evidence of performance and improvement will be the drivers for excellence.