Learning Futures: a pedagogy of engagement AISNSW workshop September 2012

Learning Futures:
a pedagogy of engagement
AISNSW workshop
September 2012
valerie hannon
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The Problem:
Disengagement is a
bigger problem for the
most disadvantaged
What do we mean by
Engagement in Learning
Engagement in School
Engagement in School:
• Attendance
• Attentiveness
• Conformity
• Exam Results
• Behaviour
Engagement in Learning
in Learning:
• Energetic and enthusiastic
• Learning all the time, everywhere
• Taking responsibility for learning
• Achieving a wider set of learning
Learning that fosters engagement is:
Placed - The activity is located, either physically or virtually, in a world
that the student recognises and is seeking to understand.
Purposeful - The activity feels authentic, it absorbs the student in
actions of practical and intellectual value and fosters a sense of agency.
Passion-led -The activity enlists the passions of both students and
teachers, enhancing engagement by encouraging students to choose
areas of interest which matter to them.
Pervasive - The activity enables the student to continue learning
outside the classroom, drawing on family members, peers, local
experts, and online references as sources of research and critique.
From Learning Futures
to Engaging Schools
Design Principles
• Great schools evolve around clear, non-negotiable
• Values-led school designs clearly prioritise and enact
their design principles
• Intelligent designs draw inspiration from a range of
other models – they integrate great ideas
Private sector
Third sector
For example…
Apple iPad - personalisation
McDonalds - standardisation
Whose principles are these?
Focus on the user and all else will follow
It’s best to do one thing really well
Fast is better than slow
Great just isn’t good enough
You can be serious without a suit
The need for information crosses all borders
Private sector
Third sector
High Tech High
• The primacy of the quality of
student work
• Teachers as designers
Projects always end with
an exhibition of students’
Their maxim is to view
project outputs as
The whole school campus is an
exhibition centre for great
work – a walk-round archive of
their core principle of
generating great student work.
Imagine that you have been invited to
design a new school – from scratch.
Design principles capture what you
believe in. You want your school to be a
manifestation of those principles – for
them to be visible in both the way that the
school is organised and the way students
(and staff) learn.
1. Our school will be committed to rigorous projectbased learning
2. Our school will rebalance student enquiry and
transmission teaching
3. Our school will maximise time for deep learning
by simplifying the timetable
4. Our school will use authentic real world
5. Our school will integrate curriculum subjects
within student projects
6. Our school will actively involve parents and
volunteers as tutors, experts, mentors and
7. Our school will have a curriculum that integrates ‘head
and hand’ – knowing and doing
8. Teachers in our school will plan, design and teach in
9. Teachers in our school will really know their students
as individuals and the students will feel known as
10 Students in our school will feel a sense of ownership
and take responsibility for their learning
11 Our school will persuade local organisations to
provide authentic locations and opportunities for
12 Our school will work in partnership with parents and
respect them as the primary educators of their
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