Michael Fletcher's tweet also summed up the engaging two day hui in a nutshell.
Brian instructed everyone to take agency and make the most of the two day hui.
I loved this comment. It was up to us to be proactive and make it work for ourselves.
This works for anything. We can either sit back and complain that something isn't what we expected or we can actively ensure that we find value in it. It's like the half-full glass.
This blogpost is a lengthy one basically because there was so much I wanted to record and reflect on from the hui. Here is a summary of the contents of this blogpost:
Learning Session - Student Agency through Pathways
Learning Session - Learning maps, a new evaluative tool
Links to Joanna Robson's blog accounts of nine learning sessions and key notes
Further videos and my notes to support the excellent learning session - Passion Projects Akoranga o Naenae (AON)
Final video snippets from Valerie Hannon keynote and video by Steve Cutts
Final video message from Brian Annan.
Learning Session - Sustainability the never ending story
Where to next for Whitestone Network.
Here is the link to the Hui blog networkinghui2015.blogspot.
There are also a range of comments, reflections and photos on the Twitter hash tag #NNH in relation to key notes and seminars.
Learning Session Student Agency through Pathways
Maungaraki School, Wellington from the Seaview Network. Janet Evans with students Hannah,Tasneem and Felix. This student-led presentation was one of the highlights of the two days for me. You can access the student's reflection of their time at the Hui here on their class blog. Much of the learning that is happening for these students mirrored the learning approach that we are actioning at our school this year. I loved the way that Janet introduced the presentation and the students, then let the students take the lead. The learning session content offered next steps for us to consider in our senior learning hubs.
Learning Session Learning Maps, a new Evaluative Tool Brian Annan and Mary Wootton Although I am already familiar with learning maps, my respect and regard for these presenters drew me to this learning session. It has made me more determined to make greater use of learning maps as an evaluative tool at school. Their value as a simple yet powerful visual record of learning and achievement can't be overlooked.
Mary explains the meaning of learning maps
Brian explains the value of learning maps
Brian and Mary explain that the maps help the learners to articulate change priorities.
Brian and Mary respond to questions about learning maps.
Brian explains that all learners are capable of creating learning maps.Brian explains what could happen if learning maps become interactive and social.
I was fortunate to see @Joanne Robson in action, live blogging on seminars and workshops that she attended and recording them on her engaging blog empowerednz.blogspot.co.nz. Joanne captured succinctly the essence of learning sessions and published them immediately. This is an awesome skill. Thanks to Joanna, I have provided links to her work below:
Building Leadership Capacity and Commitment -Tasman School Nelson, Moutere Hills Network
Learning through Different Eyes - Sharlene Carki, Weston, Whitestone Network Oamaru. Sharlene's presentation was based on her work as part of her sabbatical with targeted learners at Weston school. It was very well received.
TELL ME I forget, TEACH ME I may remember, INVOLVE ME and I LEARN Waikowhai Intermediate
A collaborative, informal learning session Part One: LCN and Personalised Learning
Murrays Bay Intermediate
Passion Projects - Akoranga o Naenae - Kelly Layton, Clare and Natasha
My additional notes: This presentation was another one of the highlights for me. The fact that three teachers from different schools across their network came together with forty-five targeted learners every Friday over a fifteen week period and focussed on active learning traits was inspiring.These videos are snippets from this excellent presentation:
Active learning and passion projects
Kelly explains the challenges experienced with AON.
Measurement tools to assess deep learning
Networking opportunities and outcomes from AON
Introducing Global Trends - Valerie Hannon
Learning and Change: to what end? Refreshing our mission - Valerie Hannon
Four levels of learning challenge for us as educators.Valerie Hannon shared this video by Steve Cutts. It looks at man's relationship with the natural world. It brought home the important role that we as educators must play in changing attitudes to caring for the environment. This fits very closely with the message from Pope Francis in his encyclical letter entitled Laudati Si - Care for our common home
Valerie's deep and powerful conclusion
Brian's final words. Where to next ?
Learning Session - Sustainability. The never ending story.
I would like to thank Nicky Ryan my fellow presenter for this session. Together we presented a session based on our work as part of the Whitestone Network. It was empowering to present from a network perspective rather than a school only perspective. You can access our notes and links here.
One of our tasks was to map out our next steps as a network. We will share our thoughts and ideas with our network and ensure we continue to keep the momentum going and drive forward for the benefit of all learners across our network of schools.
This was an invaluable two days and I sincerely thank the organisers especially Leanne Smith the Sector Co-ordinator who did a stunning job.
Finally, an extra special mention of thanks to my daughter Chantelle who is teaching in Melbourne. She flew over for a surprise catch up and joined into the hui.