Sean

  • Sean posted an update in the group Group logo of Spit it out!Spit it out! 11 months, 2 weeks ago

    Notes on preparing our presentation:

    Final Presentation Includes:
    1. Evidence of our learning
    2. Reference to reading
    3. Reference to student learning
    4. Link between primary and secondary
    5. Technology: Video

    Structure of the video:
    Introduction: SoI + Inquiry questions; who we are and why we chose this topic
    Body: Short, specific…[Read more]

  • Ben M and Profile picture of SeanSean are now friends 11 months, 2 weeks ago

  • Today we formed our inquiry group around the topic of Talk and Engagement.
    In the SPELTAC practitioner’s classroom, the students do most of the speaking. SPELTAC practitioners understand the importance of […]

  • Hi Chelsea!
    Thanks for the comment. I agree that there will always be some limited examples of where the academic community has been hoodwinked (the anti-vaccination study comes to mind). That said, I think there are far more checks that go into the publication of studies than there are on individuals publishing a blog post.

    The Hattie issue…[Read more]

  • It won’t be long before teachers are asked to set their goals for the year. Though I agree that this is an important activity, and one that has been asked of me in all three schools I have worked at, in 10 years, […]

    • I recognize what you write about goal setting and I think for me it was the same until maybe three years ago when I started documenting learning on a blog. Inspired by Anita, I used the connect-extend-challenge routine. How were the professional descriptors connected to what I was already doing? How had I extended it? And what did I still find challenging? I then hyperlinked to blog posts so I could provide evidence. It took me a lot of work but never before had goal setting been so personally valuable for me in terms of it being an authentic reflective experience. Now with SPELTAC, you are able to link to evidence of how you have met your goals too!

  • Welcome to my SPELTAC blog. I’m looking forward to sharing my thoughts and findings on teaching language.

    I have little doubt that collaboration contributes to effective learning. It is always great to have […]

    • Nice points, Sean. I enjoy the abundance of publishing and the opportunity to share in the reflective process. I think we always need to question everything, even when ideas are backed up. Did you see this post on John Hattie admitting that his statistics in Visible Learning are wrong? https://ollieorange2.wordpress.com/2014/08/25/people-who-think-probabilities-can-be-negative-shouldnt-write-books-on-statistics/ I think there is a danger in relying on statistics and studies just as there is a danger of relying on individual case studies or reflections. I have to say that sometimes I find more wisdom in individual reflections than in masses of statistical research, and when it comes right down to it, we haven’t gotten right down to it yet. Here’s to finding opportunities to continue the learning process in a connected environment.

      • Hi Chelsea!
        Thanks for the comment. I agree that there will always be some limited examples of where the academic community has been hoodwinked (the anti-vaccination study comes to mind). That said, I think there are far more checks that go into the publication of studies than there are on individuals publishing a blog post.

        The Hattie issue is concerning and needs more investigating precisely because of his impact, or at least reference, in recent education developments, our school included. But we also shouldn’t throw the baby out with the bathwater and ignore all educational research because of the mistakes of one researcher (if indeed he is found to be wrong). The link at the bottom of that page, “Can we trust educational research?” is just as duplicitous as the original error.

        Getting back to the educational blogs, blogging for reflection is a great habit to get into and one that I should probably follow. My only concern is that we start using the reflection as a guide that hasn’t been supported.

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