Learning Rounds, Building a Learning Community

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Presentation by Margaret Alcorn at the 2010 Scottish Teacher Education Committee Conference

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<ul><li>1.<ul><li>Learning Rounds </li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li>Building a Learning Community </li></ul> <ul><li>Lesson observation in groups </li></ul> <ul><li>Descriptive voice </li></ul> <ul><li>Curriculum for Excellence </li></ul> <ul><li>Improvement across a school or schools </li></ul> <ul><li>Collegiate approach to learning and teaching </li></ul> <ul><li>Creating capacity for leadership of learning </li></ul> <ul><li>Professional development </li></ul> <p>2. </p> <ul><li>Privacy of practice produces isolation; </li></ul> <ul><li>isolation is the enemy of improvement </li></ul> <ul><li>Richard Elmore </li></ul> <p>3. The process: </p> <ul><li>Identifying a focus </li></ul> <ul><li>Learning and Teaching focus - will generate key questions to act as a focus to the observation.</li></ul> <ul><li>Observation of Learning and Teaching in school. </li></ul> <ul><li>Visit to school investigates this focus through observation.The team gather evidence that is descriptive and specific. </li></ul> <ul><li>Post Observation Discussion - 2stages.</li></ul> <ul><li>Team members describe what they saw.</li></ul> <ul><li>They analyse the evidence - arranging it and identifying patterns.</li></ul> <ul><li>Next Steps Creation.</li></ul> <ul><li>In the context of available resources, the group generate and discuss a range of ideas on what should be done next at a system wide level. </li></ul> <p>Photo by bablingdweeb 4. Observers Learning </p> <ul><li>Going beyond normal boundaries; getting close to practice in different contexts </li></ul> <ul><li>Owned by teachers bottom-up</li></ul> <ul><li>Not passive observers but a dialogue after observations </li></ul> <ul><li>Emphasis on central importance of Learning and Teaching to school improvement </li></ul> <ul><li>Emphasis on observers learning </li></ul> <ul><li>Focus on Next Steps</li></ul> <ul><li>Approach to school improvement that can be duplicatedacross a system </li></ul> <p>5. Kyle AcademyPost observation discussion2009 6. Heart By-pass Death Rate Drops 25% When Surgeons Share Know-How 23 practicing surgeons and their staff observed one another in the operating room and shared their know-how. We didnt invent anything new; we got better at doing things we already do, said one. 74 patients who were expected to die did not. In New England Research conducted at Dartmouth Medical School Lebanon, N.H. March, 1996 Photo courtesy of interplast 7. OUTCOMES </p> <ul><li>High quality CPD that has an impact </li></ul> <ul><li>Common language to discuss learning and teaching </li></ul> <ul><li>Comprehensive overview for all involved </li></ul> <ul><li>Enhanced insight into L&amp;T across schools and authorities </li></ul> <ul><li>Shared agenda for next steps at system level </li></ul> <ul><li>Building a learning community based on a collegiate approach to change </li></ul> <p>8. Want to know more? </p> <ul><li>Visit the CPD Team blog athttp://ltsblogs.org.uk/cpdteam/ </li></ul>

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