Getting connected…

This morning I read a great post on connections over content by @jackiegerstein. I loved the focus and believe this is going to be a huge part of life at Hobsonville Point Secondary School. As a Learning Team Leader with a focus on the learning hubs, this will be imperative to the success of our school vision and values. See more info in the blog post here…

http://usergeneratededucation.wordpress.com/2011/08/21/class-beginnings-its-about-connections-not-content/

As a school community who wish to have the vision and values, lived and breathed by all, we are modelling this in our own focus on getting to know each other and making connections. We have already had our intros which really showed individuals connections and influences in their lives… Today we took part in a great activity, where we watched a provocation and trigger piece on Billy Elliot and then from here had time to make a sculpture that was representative of us in our zone. All the sculptures were quite different in terms of physical appearance, but also the meaning behind them. What a great way to learn more about each other. I would forsee an activity like this having an important part to play in finding out about students’ passions and zones as well.

Here are some visuals of what came out of the process, people talked about…passions, buzz, excitement, zoning out, balance, explosions and more….

Kylie
Kylie

Claire
Claire

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Jill

Lea
Lea

Maurie
Maurie

Yaz
Yaz

Lisa
Lisa

Sally (me)
Sally (me)

Sarah
Sarah

Steve
Steve

Annette
Annette

Megan
Megan

I really look forward to having the kids here to get into activities like this, hands on, getting to know them and what makes them tick. Until then I am enjoying getting to know the crew more and making those connections stronger. I could also see this as being an interesting activity to bring in whanau and family to, so that we can all learn about each other, learning and zones.

We then dug deep about personalised learning and what that looks like with the circle process we completed with Julia Atkin…

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Here is what Lisa and I came up with…

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Here is the group coming back together, with many principles and practices reiterated across groups..

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Very excited to actually personalising in the very near future…

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Come together…

Our mission of exploration around the Auckland waterfront…

see here…

http://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/EN/newseventsculture/Arts/publicart/Pages/waterfrontsculpturetrail.aspx

Then onto an awesome design thinking mission in the afternoon…image

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What an amazing day of play, exploration and thinking outside the sqaure…see here more details and a crash course on design thinking..http://dschool.stanford.edu/dgift/
Also see great post here from Kim Saxe on empowering learners through entrepreneurship and design thinking… http://www.edutopia.org/blog/entrepreneurship-design-thinking-part-1-kim-saxe

Visuals and lyrics…

I thought a post with visuals and lyrics of songs could show my thoughts on the last week…

How my brain feels after the awesome processes of the past few weeks...long run helped
How my brain feels after the awesome processes of the past few weeks…insane in the membrane! long run helped

I like these lyrics and feel they show where I would like things to shift…

Slow down, you move too fast, you've got to make the moment last Just kickin' down the cobble-stones, lookin' for fun and feelin' groovy
Slow down, you move too fast, you’ve got to make the moment last
Just kickin’ down the cobble-stones, lookin’ for fun and feelin’ groovy
Messy play! More ukelele, or how about....
Messy play! More ukelele, offspring may say “hey come out and play” or how about….

This…

Off to the big smoke tomorrow for play time :-) watch this space...
Off to the big smoke tomorrow for play time 🙂 watch this space…

See you at the ferry in the morning…

Looking foward to it ;-)
Looking foward to it 😉

The tui…

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E koekoe te tūī, e ketekete te kākā, e kūkū te kererū. 
The tūī chatters, the parrot gabbles, the wood pigeon coos.

 also meaning…it takes all kinds of people.

This has a lot of relevance after an amazing day with Julia Atkin, investigating  the way that we prefer to think with work on “the Herrmann brain” model. We also dug deep to look at our values and beliefs about learning and how important it is for us to not only understand why? We do things…but also to always come back to this in inquiring into positive student outcomes. This model she uses has been the basis of our reflection over the last week And our continuing learning and reflection in vision and values building…

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The next diagram shows quadrants of thinking that we were assessed on to discover our preferences for thinking. Looking at what quadrants we use in thought processing, prior to the day we completed a survey to discover our preferences…

 

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This was a really interesting process to consider, not just looking at our own thinking processes, but also as a group where our thought processes take us. This considered natural preference and also where we may head under stress. As we worked through many activities beyond our assessment, I was able to forsee my quadrants for thinking, with a picture of where I thought I lay, almost identical to where I was assessed.

I came out as a 1,2,1,1, with my dominant quadrant D, also dominant in A and C. This left me as a thinking style that was imaginative, synthisiser, intuitive, and holistic. Work elements included integration, creative and innovating. There was also coverage of aspects including problem solving, analytical, teaching, writing and interpersonal. From here this shows the ways you like to communicate and learn, obviously important not only for self awareness, but also for where our students may sit, a lot of potential for further exploration here…

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The interesting thing for me to see across the team was that as a group we did all have aspects of the big picture, visionary D quadrant and the relational, interpersonal C quadrant. As Maurie spoke to, this was not surprising in working out who would be on the team, mindset was a high priority. It was great to see as a team there is balance. This shows me the team at HPSS is Tu Meke! I look forward to continuing this journey and using our knowledge of how we all work to develop the team further.

Thank you to Julia Atkin for the thought provoking and inspiring professional development.

…….and now I have a better understanding of why the tui chatters…

 

 

The Nikau

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I really like this description of the growth of a Nikau, found at the Hobsonville Point Park, which we explored on our  “getting into the zone” journey. The slow growth is a great representation of the journey we are currently undertaking. I think this rings true with me as we are reflecting upon our thoughts, ideas, emotions, concepts and experience of education and how this aligns to the amazing vision, values and habits of HPSS. To be starting with developing a vision and culture from the start is a once in a lifetime opportunity, one that should not be taken for granted.

I feel at home, like I was always meant to be here, what an amazing team on board, from the senior leadership team, the LOLs (leaders of learning), the support staff, the primary school leadership and staff and the beautiful students of the primary school. Yasmin mentioned whanau and this is how it feels! Loving it! We had so much fun working with the primary school students this week and they are a lovely bunch with an inspiring group of teachers. We also planted native trees, in line with goals of taking action in the local community, what a great community…

As a parent I have so much respect for the primary staff and what they are currently implementing in terms of, co-construction and personalised learning. There is many different challenges in a new school, but the shift in power, shows the potential for what we as a team can do at the Secondary School. With a team on board, keen to shift from silos, place the learner at the centre and co-construct learning with them, The potential is endless. Sooo exciting….

I feel very lucky to work with so many inspiring, forward thinking, optimstic educators, with high expectations, who believe we can make a difference. I look forward to the stage where we have the students with us, but I am also loving the time for big picture thinking, reflecting on the purpose, power and potential of personalised and passion based learnIng.

Here are a few photos to give a visual of the start of this new journey…the awesome HPSS ukulele orchestra ready to rock! …..The LOLs in the zone…..as well as deeper reflections….

If you are wondering about an amazing school to send your children to, this team of schools are the ones, who’s moving to Hobsonvile Point?

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