Learning Conversation 1: Modern Learning Practice

Wow, WellyED, you did it again! Great to see such an impressive turn out for our very first learning conversation. Obviously ‘modern learning practice’ is a hot topic for us. We would especially like to acknowledge Raroa Normal Intermediate School for hosting the conversation. The Library was a funky and inspiring place to be – totally apt for sharing ideas and learning from one another.

The value of time spent conversing with like-minded colleagues from across the region cannot be underestimated. Even with loads of people in one room, the sound was of a busy, focused buzz, rather than a raucous racket. Those who were unable to make it, but patiently waited for the Twitter stream unfortunately were left wanting as we were too busy talking to Tweet. While we feel bad we couldn’t connect with you in this way, this also speaks to the quality conversations we were having face-to-face.

Our group grappled with edu buzz-words, and struggled to define what ‘modern learning practice’ is. Effective pedagogy seemed to be the answer we left with. We also discussed learning dispositions, what it means to be an active learner, the barriers of assessment, and the need for modern learning practices to infiltrate all that we do within an organisation – including staff meetings…

Leanne has already reflected on her experience of the learning conversation here. What were your thoughts? Let us know, and we’ll tag you in here too.

Want to keep connecting with WellyED? We’re having drinks on Sept 18, we’re still looking for 8 bloggers for our Connected Educators’ Month challenge, and we’re aiming for another learning conversation AND EduIgnite in Term 4. Lots of opportunity, so keep an eye on this blog, on G+ and, of course, on Twitter @Welly_ED!

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