This guest post is written by fellow #EdBlogNZer, Mike Buckham, as part of the #EdBlogNZ 2015 Connected Educator challenge.
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My experience with the Edblognz challenges and the impact it has had on me
My experience with the Edblognz challenge has been nothing short of transformative. By participating in the challenge I have connected with other educators across the sector (ECE to Research) and this has re-invigorated my passion for learning and my part in the journey (my own and that of my students).
The impact? A massive (read, “possibly completely overwhelming” aka “Am I nuts!?”) learning journey has been sparked from the experience. I’ve connected with educators and ideas that have me thinking about more ‘big picture’ questions:
- Is it possible to have a ‘unified field theory of education’? If so, what might that look like?
- Should we stop talking about “21st C learning/education” and simply talk about future-focussed learning? What does that look like?
- Does educational achievement equate to societal progress/success? Does this help us tackle the “wicked problems,” or create more ‘highly-educated fools’?
- What is ‘achievement’ in a truly diverse and inclusive education system?
- How do we define success, and who gets to define it? What biases are inherent in those definitions? How is our success then to be measured?
- How do we deal with these challenges? Individually and collectively?
- How do I bring all of that down to my kura/students and how do we move forward?
I don’t have the answers and probably never will. Maybe my students will carry on the journey for me. With a life-long journey there is always another horizon.
Thanks, Mike, for sharing your thoughts on this blog.