Permission to fail?
What does it take to encourage educators to change their teaching practice? What would it take to encourage educators to make the best use of their school library and information facilities?
Research shows the triggers which motivate professional learning and change in educational practice are:
- Keeping the kids first: directly connecting any suggested directions to improved student learning.
- Evidence: taking an evidence based approach: discussion, data collection, on going review, using an “action learning” approach.
- Professional dialogue: educators need regular opportunities for “safe” professional discussion where they have “permission to fail”, leading to discussion on how someone else got something to work.
The above is a summary of the research-based conclusions of Dr Lynne Hannay (Ontario, Canada) when she addressed the recent NZCER Connected and Contagious Conference in Wellington.