2020 A School Reborn

Part 9 – Down to business – EDUWELLS – Education Article

We’re off to a good start in 2019. After a year of research, debate, concern and excitement, we’ve had two teacher-only days re-imagining school and looking at really shifting teachers’ understanding about what our rebirth is about and what it might look like. Over the two days, we ensured existing departments had hours to look at what the structural decisions meant to their dept, we had a full staff look at our schools official approach to learning and student agency…

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Part 6 Timetables – EDUWELLS – Education Article

So far we’ve had it all! Joy, pain, excitement, anger, research, counter-research, warnings and lots of encouragement. We have had feedback from all aspects of the community and the consensus is still predominantly positive towards significant change. Another aspect that is becoming common is teachers experiencing tangible examples of contemporary education and quickly turning from sceptical to enthusiastic. “Now I’ve visited and seen it in action, I can’t get over how the senior students were so naturally working with and…

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Part 7 Decisions are made – EDUWELLS – Education Article

A4 Printable / Clickable PDF version The world is a complex place and redesigning a school to represent our planet is a complex procedure. Literally hundreds of influences apply themselves to the debate and decisions that take place. Official government initiatives, technological, social and political news and research, and people’s feelings and opinions all apply influence on this process. Although nobody can understand all these complexities, and most certainly don’t know exactly what we should be doing about high school…

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Part 8 We’re half way! – EDUWELLS – Education Article

What a fantastic year! The first of our two year school redesign. It’s been a year of excitement and fear about possibilities and the unknown. We have had to debate the nature of and reasons for school. We have jumped for joy and also looked for employment elsewhere. We have all fought for our beliefs and had our assumptions challenged. We have fired research papers at each other over no man’s land causing only little damage to these entrenched assumptions.…

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Timeless Learning [A book review] – EDUWELLS – Education Article

Book: Timeless Learning: How Imagination, Observation, and Zero-Based Thinking Change Schools By Ira Socol, Pam Moran, Chad RatliffReview by Richard Wells @EduWells I’m in the middle of leading a two year transformation of our high school and so when the book Timeless Learning was highlighted to me (thanks @andykaifong), it looked like a perfect companion. I thought I’d add my perspective to the popular quotes from the book in regards to my own school’s redesign of teaching and learning.  The three…

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