A culture of Learning

“All stakeholders create a culture of learning so that students come first.”

Here we are, 9 weeks into the school year. In our classrooms, we have developed routines and set expectations, and in the spirit of learning, have taken a dive into the deep end of good teaching, learning, assessment and evaluation. As interim and mid-term reports go out, we pause to take a look at where we are and where we need to go.

As we began the 2013-2014 school year at KPDSB, we adopted a learning stance through the Board Strategic Implementation Plan (BSIP). With a new vision statement, we are asked to put these words into action:

“All stakeholders create a culture of learning where students come first.”

Powerful. When dissected, a colleague of mine noted that there are no unnecessary words in this statement. In its succinct simplicity, it requires nothing more, nothing less.

And in our schools, in our meetings, in our daily work, we are asked to not only reflect on what this vision means to YOU, but to determine how you see your work in this statement.

A teacher friend commented that clearly the most important part of this statement is that “students come first”. And admittedly, if you are worth the paper on which your degree is printed, you’d better believe that.

And yet.

To me.

In my work, an equally vital component is agreeing that we are taking a learning stance, that we will collectively create a CULTURE OF LEARNING.

You see, I can’t do my work without this key component. As a curriculum technology teacher I am asking students, teachers and leaders alike to change the way we do business. To change the way we teach and the way we learn. To learn together. In creating a culture of learning, we shift the educator’s role from giver of information to gatherer, curator, and inquirer. We work elbow-to-elbow. We admit we do not have the answers and are challenged to problem-solve collaboratively.

We give away power, and in doing so, create something so much more powerful than we ever imagined possible.

We create a culture of learning SO THAT students come first.

How do you see YOUR WORK in light of this vision?


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