Our Organic Learning Cycle has been evolving since 2015. We attribute a lot of our thinking to our learning in Design Thinking. Significant staff changes and participation in system/government improvement projects led us to uncover tensions and ambiguities in our school-wide structures and processes that required critical discernment and creative thinking 'outside the box'. This became an opportunity to create a school research project and 'shake … Continue reading Organic Learning Cycle
Learning is a lifelong journey, no doubt about it. If ever you get to a point in life when you believe your learning has come to an end, then you may as well lay down in bed and not bother getting out. When you stop learning, you stop living. Covey talked about 'keeping the main … Continue reading Why Self-Determined Learning Should Be The Main Thing
As part of our ongoing school-based research in developing and embedding Organic Learning, we have experienced many instances in which our assumptions were way off the mark (always be aware of your underlying assumptions!). When working with Tom Barrett, we were tinkering with Martin Broadwell's Conscious Competence Learning Model and SOLO Taxonomy originally developed by John Biggs and Kevin Collis. … Continue reading Rubric for Deeper Thinking About Learning
The Organic Learning Blog will showcase some of the school-based research we are undertaking at St Mel's Campsie. Whilst our research began in 2015, we have not captured any of our progress until now. Organic Learning is the synthesis of ideas, practices, risks, innovations, and reflections borne out of our inquiry learning journey shared with our critical friends at NoTosh … Continue reading A Brief Introduction…
What is the impact on learning across a school when young learners can observe an unambiguous cycle of learning in action for themselves, their teachers and the school’s leaders?