🤔 What if staff were given the time to participate in a thinkerathon to drive learning?

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Whether it be to develop a deeper understanding of what is being studied or how students are learning. Maybe this could be driven by the Modern Learning Canvas? Better yet, students are supported in running their own thinkerathons? A time when they gather together to reflect on their learning in order to realign it moving forward.

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🤔 What if instead of spending so much time on engagement – whatever engagement is – we focused on authenticity and action?

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Many teachers spend hours concocting activities and assignments that have little meaning to students all in the name of engaging learning. Instead, more voice and choice could be provided to students to take action to find problems worth solving and share solutions with an authentic audience.

🤔 What if writer’s notebook involved more elements of transliteracy?

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I was handed my writer’s notebook at a meeting the other night and was left feeling a little bit empty. I wondered in which space students were able to collect and create digital artefacts? Is there something about the handwritten text or is this something that harks back to another time? What would be lost in having a digital workbook? One that allowed the collection of a range of text-types and transliteracy?

🤔 What if every student in Middle Years combined in the creation of a collective ‘newspaper’?

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At the moment, each year level is addressing persuasive texts, from letters to the editor in Year 5 to feature articles in Year 9. This could all be done through a blog, with categories used to differentiate between the different text-types and tags used to organise the particular content. Doing it this way would not only allow an authentic audience, but the opportunity for meaningful feedback and engagement with a wider audience.