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Leading from the classroom:

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Fearghal Kelly

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"Learning is a social experience, so professional growth is usually fostered through exchange, critique, exploration and formulation of new ideas. Language interaction in supportive and challenging collaborative contexts is often indispensable.
With the help of sympathetic others, the open-minded teacher-learner can scaffold his or her way to new states of knowing, feeling and acting in the interests of pupils
." Dadds,1997
Leading from the classroom:
The
Pedagoo
Experience
How can teachers work together to influence developments in Scottish education?
"Activist professionalism is not for the faint hearted. It requires risk taking and working collectively and strategically with others. Like any form of action, it demands conviction and strategy. However, the benefits outweigh the demands.
The activist professional creates new spaces for action and debate, and in so doing improves the learning opportunities for all of those who are recipients or providers of education
." Sachs, 2000
how can communities of teachers have influence?
Fearghal Kelly
@fkelly | @pedagoo

Dadds, M. (1997) Continuing professional development: nurturing the expert within.
Journal of In-Service Education
, 23:1, 31-38.

Sachs, J. (2000) The Activist Professional.
Journal of Educational Change
, 1, 77–95
"A community of teachers learning through sharing our classroom practice."
What have we learned...?
Collaborative blog:
http://pedagoo.org
What's it for?
Why did we create it?
How does it work?
What's it for?
Why did we create it?
How does it work?
What's it for?
Why did we create it?
How does it work?
Weekly hashtag:
https://twitter.com/hashtag/pedagoofriday?f=realtime&src=hash
TeachMeets with a difference:
http://www.pedagoo.org/events/
Teachers are willing and able to become involved in supportive communities.
Teachers who are keen to develop their practice often feel isolated in their schools and welcome the opportunity to connect with like-minded professionals.
Creating and growing a community is more about people, effort and focus than it is about resources or technology.
Communities of teachers can have impact in individual teachers' classrooms and more widely through contributing to the climate of educational debate.
The bigger the community grows, the more threatening it can become to share.
Depth and challenge can be difficult to foster in online and ad-hoc communities.
professional reading group
- depth
inter-cluster links...inviting/
sharing
with decision makers
real
partnerships - both sides genuinely listening. tasks are delegated from LA, but not the other way round. Grass roots changes...
Sharing on platforms which are sustainable and consistent...
Building on prior success?
What else is known?
professionalism of sharing
ethos of openness - in its infancy
organic process
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