Today, Monday was the day of the ICoT (International Conference on Thinking) masterclasses. I went to hear James Nottingham talk about challenging learning and mindsets, actually we ended up having Martin Renton, as James was not able to make it for family reasons.
So some learnings or takeaways from the day;
- I realise this is an international conference, its in the title afterall, but within our small masterclass of approximately 14 people we had people from 6 countries. This really bought home to me the international element of the week.
- As a result of this international perspective, hearing the 'other' experiences about learning, assessment, funding, curriculum is fascinating. After this discussion I conclude and am reinforced in the belief our Kiwi kids get a good deal with the quality instruction they receive and the benefit of not only a world class but work leading curriculum.
- Do you have any curling parents or teachers for that matter? Parents and teachers that like the sport of curling go in front of the child and smooth the way for them. Much like the curling team furiously brush ahead of the curling rock as it makes its way to the other end. Martin suggests the better way is instead of smoothing the ice, parents and teachers should cut the ice up, creating the right amount of challenge and therefore excellent learning.
- Based on the research of Carol Dweck, do you use intelligence praise or process praise. Her research found that over the course of three 'sessions' those children given intelligence praise performance dropped significantly in comparison to those children that received process praise. Their performance rose significantly for the same three tasks. Apologies this is my brief understanding from my notes. I'm trying to source the research paper. In the meantime here is a site I found discussion some of Prof Dweck's research. Worth some further reading I think.
- The research of Eccles (2000) presented us with the formula of Application = Value * Expectation. Instead of me unpacking this here, James does a much better job in this TEDx video, Labels limit learning. This 'formula' rang true in my own teaching experience. The emphasis should always be on progress, knowing the learning that has taken place. Do we do this in the New Zealand context or do we get dragged into concentrating on achieving the 'expected level'
Looking forward to Day 2, its going to be a big day. Will start well if I get a great Wellington coffee . As usual Core-Ed are well organised. They know how to run an event. Getting online was as easy as 123.