It was really inspiring to listen to Mark Osborne, Derek Wenmoth, Stephen Heppell, Karen Melhuish Spencer and Janelle Riki talk about the importance of modern learning practices now and in the future.
One strong view that resonated with me was that MLP is all about relationships and connections. It is so important for students, whanau and schools to build, develop and foster relationships and work together as a team.
I was particularly interested in Janelle's discussion around culturally responsive MLP both because it relates directly to my students but also to my eFellow inquiry.
It is important that our Maori students are connected (including connection to their culture).
Together, Ako (learning and teaching as a reciprocal process) and Tuakana/teina (using the expert to teach and support sharing the knowledge) lead to the perfect modern learner!
Mark spoke about schools being awesome incubators. What a great analogy! We should be heating and super charging our students awesomeness. It made me reflect on what I do to incubate awesomeness. Am I a super charging heat lamp or am I an ordinary bulb? What can I do to ensure I am super charging the awesomeness in my students (and staff)? Build and foster relationships, and ensure people feel connected and important!