Sunday, 31 May 2015

How do I start a symposium?

Setting the scene for the day facilitating a math symposium I really wanted to get a lot of discussion and true collaboration to happen. So I posed these questions....

What we think collaboration is....

  • working together to share knowledge and practice or to support a group of learners
  • sharing ideas, resources, expertise, support

  • planning together and sharing practice
  • provide divergent sharing opportunities
  • working together to achieve a common goal
  • learning from a shared experience
  • the total is greater than the sum of its part Gestalt psychology
  • contributing ideas
  • supporting and encouraging each other
  • developing a path together
  • draw on others experience and knowledge
  • listening and clarifying 
  • working together to benefit kids
  • inspiring one another
  • building on each others strengths and weaknesses
  • learning form others past experiences
  • working, sharing, listening, negotiating, compromising, accepting, celebrating, discussing, questioning, challenging, reflecting
  • collegial
  • building on ideas
  • engaging 
  • an opportunity for you ti excel your passion / expertise
  • Kotahitanga - shared ownership
  • research to guide group 
Why we think collaboration is important...
  • sharing of ideas
  • learn to work with others
  • accepting others ideas
  • more expertise and sharing
  • chance for discussion
  • see other perspectives
  • learn from others
  • knowledge is power
  • everyone has a voice
  • all on the same page
  • you don't know what you don't know
  • enables us as learners to actively engage with information and ideas
  • expanding on ideas
  • problem solving together
  • wider knowledge base
  • more meaningful discussions
  • rich discussion
  • achieve a wider more inclusive solution
  • the ability to share strengths 
  • time efficiency
  • increased effectiveness
  • reduces stress / workload
  • children receive consistency in programme
  • addresses all on a similar learning pathway
  • many small ideas make better big ideas
  • develops relationships
  • gives confidence
  • encourages camaraderie 
  • we can learn from each other
  • appreciation of different perspectives
  • benefits all stakeholders
  • Keeps it fresh - things you may never think of
  • improves practice
  • challenges own thinking and ideas
  • can achieve more
  • makes life easier
  • saves having to learn everything yourself
  • raises student achievement
  • growth is slow when working in isolation
  • gain feedback and challenge and extend ourselves
  • Growth
  • for sanity

What the research says ....
  • support quality work and effective instruction
  • More complex problem-solving and extensive sharing of craft knowledge

  • Stronger professional networks to share information
  • Greater risk-taking and experimentation (because colleagues offer support and feedback)
  • A richer technical language shared by educators in the school that can transmit professional knowledge quickly
  • Increased job satisfaction and identification with the school
  • feature helpful, trusting, and open staff relationships
  • foster practices that support success, such as the following:
  • Failure, mistakes, and uncertainty in work are not "protected and defended" but are openly shared, discussed, and examined in order to provide support and help.
  • "places of hard work, of strong and common commitment, dedication, of collective responsibility, and of a special sense of pride
  • Disagreements are openly voiced more frequently and more strongly as purpose and practice are discussed
  • The teacher receives respect and consideration as a person
  • Collaborative schools have more satisfying and more productive work environments
  • Students show improved achievement
  • students and teachers lead work together
  • collective confidence to respond to changes critically,

Set our goals for the day... (as aspirational as they were)

Aim to...
…...through collaboration
Challenged mindsets ...

Gauged the audience feelings by making a shape with a pipe cleaner that reflected how they felt.

This was a fun activity that gave a lot of information about the audience. 
Shared feeling of learning being a journey of up and down in a variety of ways. 
Very powerful to use in class or with adults. 

Nāhau te rourou
Naku te rourou,
ka ora ai te manuhiri
With your basket of knowledge and my basket of knowledge
the people will prosper

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