This week I’ve been thinking a lot about what it means to be a learning coach. I try to treat students the same way as I work with teachers, showing them ideas, explaining a concept quickly and having people explore. Working with each individual at their exploration process to take them to the next step in their discoveries and then sharing our learning.
I want to encourage this model for teaching with the iPads. Students are all at different levels and have the opportunity to create many different things. This individual focus allows student to achieve their personal best.
When students are working together to meet a common goal that that they had a part in creating I’ve personally seen a much deeper sense of engagement. They want to know more, they willingly share their work with many others and they are receptive to feedback to create something incredible.
I think George Courus
mentioned in a conference in Bangkok that this generation of learners publishes first and then edits. This seems to clash with the teachers who want to edit first before presenting. I think we need to have teachers open up and not be afraid to make mistakes. We all need to publish, get feedback and improve.
As a coach, I’m trying to again push this idea of being a beginner and that everything can be edited and changed (even once published). We need to make sure our whole school community has chances to fail and learn from their mistakes.