We started off unpacking Karyn Gray's messages in her blog post: MLE - a returning fad? Or the potential to transfer learning? And what a fantastic message Karyn brings up for schools who are implementing a Modern Learning Environment.
The first we message we discussed was how 'courage' plays an important role in this shift in mindsets. Teachers and leaders who are moving forward in this area show an incredible amount of courage despite resistance from parents, communities and colleagues! (It's funny how students aren't a part of that list...).
I think I need to stay strong and have courage to help teachers to develop their 'MLP toolkit'. It is a highly effective approach to teaching and learning and has the potential to truly transform the sector.
Discussing the notion of "play" during foundation years was our next point of topic. We all agreed that play is an extremely important part of children's development. It helps with the transition between early childhood education and school.
In the latter part of our session we focussed again on developing Leaders as Coaches. Another quote opened the forum for reflection and dialogue:
"If you want it, coach it" - Guy Claxton