On Tuesday night, Chris Lehmann was our guest presenter. He provided insight on his new school SLA. He also described the grounding philosophy on how the school operates along with the role technology plays in this inquiry model. Specifically:
- How do we learn?
- What can we create?
- What does it mean to lead?
From this presentation, I feel this school does a good job of setting common goals or purposes. They use inquiry and set the structure of the school around common goals. All staff members teach toward the common purpose and parents know what the school’s mission is up front. I am reading a book by Mike Schmoker and he describes effective schools as ones who collaborate and are totally focused on a common purpose, that is, to improve student learning. I think many schools in Sask. are learning this through the PLC philosophy as well.
The 1:1 learning philosophy is something we would all love to have. I am not sure if we all need a laptop to do this, but I am sure it helps.
I was also intrigued to hear that students spend much of a school day online. This is part of their inquiry model. I was somewhat surprised to hear they have the same issues monitoring students online as we do. Maybe that is something we should look into more?
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