What Does Organic Learning Look Like in the Classroom From a Student’s Perspective?

We host many visits from teachers, parents, leadership teams, principals and system leaders from interstate and internationally, throughout each year. Our usual process includes an Experience Tour in which visitors can 'see' and 'feel' learning within all learning (student, teacher, and leadership) spaces. This is then unpacked as a group with an opportunity for the … Continue reading What Does Organic Learning Look Like in the Classroom From a Student’s Perspective?

Compliance And Accountability Do Not Need To Be Dirty Words

Compliance in itself is not a bad thing. It exists to ensure school systems and schools function within the rules and regulations set out by governing bodies. Just like when driving your car, everyone is very aware of the rules and regulations established to ensure driver and pedestrian safety. In a similar way, compliance helps … Continue reading Compliance And Accountability Do Not Need To Be Dirty Words

Successful Literacy/Numeracy Instruction using Organic Learning

Some may assume that our Organic Learning Cycle is another version of an inquiry model. The truth is that it is purely a 'learning model'. Indeed the cycle is designed to help pose, find and solve problems in an inquiry sense, but the model just as brilliantly aligns itself with explicit/guided instruction, and in particular, … Continue reading Successful Literacy/Numeracy Instruction using Organic Learning

Student Metacognition: Using a Competency Rubric to Assess Deep Learning

We are all aware of the dependancy on quantitative collection of student learning and the high stakes associated with it. Externalised testing which results in funding, which is tied to further data collection. The cycle continues and grows moss along the way. What about the emotional connection to learning? Can we put a number on … Continue reading Student Metacognition: Using a Competency Rubric to Assess Deep Learning