1. Jilian

    Great post. I love words, and sometimes I get “stuck” because of the word choice in a sentence. (Like the term”wordle”- the graphic of words. Sigh.).
    But it gets to my point that we like to label and identify everything we say and do in education.
    1. There is an emphasis in all the organizations to develop teachers as leaders within their school and system. Lead learner.
    2. We need administrators to be creating opportunities and spaces in schools for teacher learning. Lead learner.
    3. We are asking teachers to learn alongside the students in the class and facilitate tasks that co-construct knowledge. Lead learner.
    No doubt it’s overused and now a bit watered down.
    I’m wondering if it’s just the first word, the one that is interrupting “old ways”, that will help us to re-define all these roles as we innovate to remove some barriers within the current structure?

  2. Such a great post (to me, a ‘great post’ is one that has me thinking about so many things all at the same time, forcing me to Consider the post and all those other topics to understand / develop a vision relating them all)!!!

    From this post: “… understanding that the ability to learn is forever. This is a skill that needs to be constantly developed.” I often refer to the three legs of the Effective Learning stool. The learning skills development is the first leg, with core knowledge being the second leg an addressing meaningfull real-world situations being the third leg.

    With regard to ‘lead learner’, I’d suggest that every Effective Learner must be a lead learner, testing her/his learning through sharing ‘understanding’ with others and enhancing her/his understanding through assisting others with their learning.

    I’m a great devotee to the quotations of Albert Einstein. Two (of many) that come to mind related to this post: “Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.” And “If you can’t explain something simply, you don’t understand it.”

  3. George, I couldn’t agree more. In fact this week I wrote to my faculty in my weekly update about your “8 Things to Look for in a Classroom” poster, and in discussing it with one teacher, realised that if I cannot model all those 8 things for teachers in faculty meetings and professional learning days, then I’m not really walking the talk. Just as being a “leader that learns” needs to be modelled for teachers in order that they might then model themselves being a teacher that learns.

    How I go about modelling the 8 things and learning as a leader are the challenges before me!

    Thanks for all the ideas you share that inspire me to meet these challenges.

  4. Perfect post George – thanks for this. We were talking about this subject on the Innovator’s mindset Voxer this morning – I have posted the link to your post on Voxer – hope it encourages some discussion on a topic that is so important but not discussed very often.

  5. Zachary Close

    Watching others go through the learning process helps me know that I am in the right place as a learner. I am new to my field of school technology. These blogs are where we, “watch the process of learning unfold before their (our) eyes,” to quote you, George. (parentheses mine) It allows us to copy either the subject at hand, or the process–which you are describing in this post.

    For example, it is one thing to say, “You should use Twitter in your professional life.” Everybody makes it look so easy. There are smaller steps to making Twitter a true professional habit that rarely is revealed. If we do what you are saying in this article, it seems that we should be describing these smaller steps and that makes learning very personal, almost intrusive.

    George is modeling this process. As he wrestles with “The Innovator’s Mindset” and seeks to explain it all the way (very personal process), he has “output” or “fruit” in the form of writing, visuals, video (mediums). He is learning in that process…BUT SO ARE WE (Thank you George)

    This seems to be learning in rare-form. I see students doing this already…online critiquing and commenting are close. We need more of it.

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