I was lucky enough to attend and present at the “It’s a Learner’s World” Conference in the holidays. It was a really enjoyable experience for me and I thought I would quickly share some of my learning and musings:
- Lee Crockett mentioned the difference between teaching kids to be taught and training them to learn. I quite liked the simplicity in this and think it is a good way to re-think your practice as a teacher.
- Inquiry needs to be a disposition, rather than a subject we ‘do’ from 2-3pm. It also isn’t necessarily a linear process, which makes me wonder about the inquiry models we have in schools.
- Mary Anne Murphy framed inquiry as having 3 aspects – We are learning about… We are learning to be… and… We are learning to use…
- She also discussed how teachers control discussions too much by doing all the questioning. We facilitate discussions like a game of ping pong – hitting the question out to the class, receiving an answer then hitting out another question. Mary Anne suggested a discussion should be more about looping questions and answers and giving more control over to the students.
- Perry Rush challenged the audience to think about how our pedagogies catered for difference, rather than standardisation.
- He also discussed the importance of ensuring students feedback to us, rather than a more one way process.
- I am also in the process of unpacking what an inquiry approach to maths teaching could look like in practice. Any ideas or readings would be much appreciated if you have them.
I hope I have shared some useful ideas with you!