At 16:00 on Wednesday, 18 April, teachers and leaders from UK schools will be talking about how to tackle the challenges they're facing with staff from High Tech High, a group of schools in California whose innovative approach to learning has led to 100% of their students being accepted by a university or two-year college.
What it's all about
If you've participated in one of these conversations before, you'll know what I'm talking about. For those who don’t know what I’m talking about, these online conversations are a chance for teachers to talk about their work with people from different schools, and, in this case, different countries. High Tech High have been doing them for a while, and they call them ‘collegial conversations’.
Collegial conversations are structured around a ‘dilemma’ presented by a teacher (that is, an issue that you’re grappling with). Here are a few examples of dilemmas from past collegial conversations:
How can I help students to see failures as learning opportunities?
How can I best manage and scaffold a scientific inquiry on bee response to predators?
What tactics and strategies can I use with adult learners to authentically connect them to school wide change?
You can read more about 'collegial conversations', and see more examples of 'dilemmas' here.
In order to maximise everyone’s opportunity to participate and to benefit from the session, we will be following the ‘dilemma consultancy protocol’, used by High Tech High. If you’d like to get a feel for how this protocol works, have a look at pages 60-61of our Project-based learning guide (though bear in mind that it will be a bit different, since the presenter will be presenting a ‘dilemma’, rather than a project plan).
The dilemma that we'll be discussing
Here’s the dilemma we’ll be discussing: ‘How do we encourage students and staff to be more reflective about their learning?’
How to take part:
Participation is totally free, and spots will be given on a first-come, first-serve basis.You can sign up by emailing Alec here.
Once you sign up, you'll be given log-in details.
We're going to be spending two whole days talking about how to make learning more engaging at our flipped conferences - you can read about what a 'flipped conference' is here, read more about our conferences here, and book a spot at the events by clicking on the following links: