Professional Vision Statement

As technology has become a ubiquitous component of modern societies, schools are increasingly faced with the challenge of educating students for an unknown future. With rapid global change, the focus of traditional education systems needs to evolve to keep pace with societal, cultural, and technological progress.

I believe that it is critical that we change how we prepare students with the thinking skills and dispositions, including moral and ethical character, to live in an era where knowledge is accessible at their fingertips. Students need to view themselves as citizens of knowledge, developing a relationship of respect and responsibility with information. Intellectual value is no longer found solely in knowing information, but rather the ability to curate, organize, filter, analyze, and synthesize concepts across disciplines creatively to forge new ideas and understandings. Through transdisciplinary inquiry based learning, students have the opportunity to develop these skills within a supportive environment that allows for room for exploration and guidance.

Technology affords for learning and collaboration to no longer be confined within the walls of the classroom. Collaboration can now take place on a global scale, across the physical boundaries that have previously separated us. Authentically grappling with real world problems using global research and expertise, merging ideas across disciplinary boundaries, even working with other students located around the world are now all possible. Involvement in collaborative networks through synchronous and asynchronous experiences reinforces students role as citizens of knowledge as they contribute and utilize to the global knowledge base.

This collective intelligence combined with the focused use of adaptive learning technology will allow the educational system to move beyond the factory model and develop customized pathways for supporting self-directed lifelong learners. Learners will be able to reflect and analyze multiple forms of data to make decisions to build on their character strengths. Learning will be focused around the needs and interests of the student, developing a pathway to independent learning as students’ progress through a customized education system.

It is imperative that we rethinking what and how we teach in our technology mediated world as the affordances of technological tools support a vision for a new model of education.

Samples of Innovative Lessons

Video Conferencing 

  • ‘Hanging Out’ with an Archaeologist – This is an example of utilizing expert knowledge, while allowing students to develop their inquiry skills. During this experience, students had the opportunity to develop their knowledge in a collaborative environment.

Collaboration

  • The Trading Game – A Classroom Simulation – This experience provided students with the opportunity to develop their understanding while working together in a collaborative manner. These types of experiences help to reinforce their role in the global knowledge base and help them respect the learning process.
  • The Door is Open … Come on IN – Working with teachers and classrooms outside of your physical school building is another opportunity to expand students learning network.
  • Tackling Conferences as a Team – Modelling collaboration in profession learning provides opportunities to enhance relationships between members of an instructional team. It also provides an authentic opportunity for them to see direct links to practical applications of collective intelligence.

Instructional and Pedagogical Leadership 

  • It All Starts With A Good Question – I believe the heart of good teaching is found in the asking of good questions. Teaching students how to ask a good question is central to my beliefs in transdisciplinary inquiry.
  • The Benefits of Video Analysis – The use of video as a tool for metacognitive reflection is an affordance of technology that allows students to develop the skills of self-directed learners.
  • Using Maps/Infographics to Provoke Inquiry – Multimodal literacy tools provide students with the opportunity to apply different thinking skills and develop their ability to approach problems in a variety of ways. Infographics, require the reader to analyze concepts and when looking at multiple infographics, synthesize patterns between pieces of evidence.
  • Making Thinking Visible and the PYP – Developing consistent instructional practices among instructional leaders help students to develop strong meta-strategic knowledge allowing students to be citizens of knowledge and use multiple thinking strategies to examine information.
  • Tackling Conferences as a Team – Modelling collaboration in profession learning provides opportunities to enhance relationships between members of an instructional team. It also provides an authentic opportunity for them to see direct links to practical applications of collective intelligence.

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