Sunday, 11 October 2015

Flamboyant Flamingos

I left ULearn 15 on Friday afternoon challenging myself to succinctly summarise an intense week of learning and connecting.

How do you do that and where do you start?

Flamingos are clearly the key starting point.

A flamboyance of flamingos may number in their thousands. Despite the large numbers, they are more often than not observed to be engaged in the same behaviours at the same time. Patterns of behaviour and movement can be established that clearly indicate a synchronicity of thought and the desire to work towards a common goal.

A flamboyance of teachers may also number in their thousands. Despite their large numbers, they too are often seen engaging in the same behaviours at the same time. Patterns of behaviour indicate a synchronicity of thought and a sharing of ideas to work towards a common goal.

Primarily social animals, both flamingos and teachers spend most of their day involved in group tasks. Supporting the herd, leading the parade or proudly sharing the brightness of their feathers.

The strongest groups share responsibility, work to their strengths and allow all members to grow and flourish in a rich and loving community. The goal of these social groupings is to provide manaakitanga for all members and to ensure strength for the future.

In the words of the MAGICAL Anne Kenneally;

Pouwhirinaki creates clarity from chaos, guides reflection and helps the collective to flourish.

Thursday, 8 October 2015

Reading - with Books

I filmed this movie early in term 3 and has been sitting in a draft post since. I feel today is the day to post as I am sitting in @librarypaula's #ulearn15 presentation about the future of libraries.

I heard on the news this morning that a large UK book store is discontinuing sales of Kindles. Now I'm not sure that's because digital books are failing - in my opinion it's probably the existence of another device when our phones can do it all.
However, there is nothing quite like kids and real books!

I was fortunate to receive 30 or so brand new non-fiction books about snakes, dinosaurs, sharks, insects, space - all sorts of high interest topics.
As I laid them out on the floor, 25 pairs of eyes widened, 25 smiles grew increasingly more grinnier!

The engagement with "real books" was more powerful than anything this class has experienced with digital devices. They "love" their iPads, they "love" their digital books, but my word, they absolutely gobble up these beautiful books.

There's nothing quite like the power of tangible books to collaborate, share, discuss and enjoy.