Spark Talk sessions include three speakers exploring topics in short, sharp presentations.
Robert Roe: Finding Your Voice: Sharing Your Practice
Are you the storyteller of your classroom practice? Or are you and your student’s characters in someone else’s story? I believe that we need better insights into the realities of classroom practice. We need better descriptions of authentic teaching and learning. Don’t let others tell your story! As teachers you have plenty to say. This “SPARK TALK” is an invitation for teachers to join me in a conversation about the need for “Teachers to become Storytellers of their Classroom Practice”. We will discuss different ways in which teachers can collaboratively, cooperatively and collectively share their knowledge, interests, intentions, beliefs and values through their stories. Stories that describe and shape practice. “This is what happened in one of my lessons”. “Do your children build with computers? Do your children speak Python? Mine do!” We will also discuss ways of collecting ‘data/evidence’ from which your story is constructed and shared with others.
Elizabeth Downey: Seesaw Digital Portfolios
The vision to capture student learning in an authentic and rich way has moved Glen Katherine Primary School to successfully transition from paper to digital portfolios. The primary success measure relates directly to the students, empowering them to take ownership and reflect on their learning through a fluid and live learning platform.
Another key to this success has been ensuring both staff and the parent community are ‘connected’, to strengthen relationships and the home-school connection. The implementation of the Seesaw Program has allowed students, staff and parents to reflect and evaluate impact of learning in a digital, 21stCentury approach.