These are ideas ripped from learning frameworks that I have appreciated through the years. Shout out to Moodle & California Public Schools
Vision and Goals (what we know about ourselves)
- We are always learning, improving how we learn, and helping those around us to learn and to teach.
- We strive to be open in our goals, our tools, our processes and our results, as much as is practical.
- We embrace the complexity, sensitivity, and deep value of numerous cultures informing our shared experience.
- We treat everyone in our community with respect, recognising the importance of their contributions.
- We employ ethical standards, demonstrating honesty and fairness in the actions that we take.
- Consuming diverse and trusted content for pleasure, information, and inspiration is necessary for life in today’s global society.
- By understanding the contexts of others, we can teach in a personalized and more transformational way
Guiding Principles (what we know about teaching and learning)
- In a true collaborative environment, we are both teachers and learners.
- We learn particularly well from the act of creating or expressing something for others to see.
- We learn a lot by just observing the activity of our peers.
- Our ideas need editing, researching, and adapting. We strive to become valued editors and allies to other learners.
- Learners achieve their highest potential when a community encourages, recognizes, and motivates their individual growth.
- Teachers and learners need to be flexible and adaptable, so that they can quickly respond to the needs of others.
- Reciprocal exercises require students to coach, teach others, and improve their quality of social interactions
- Student success requires effective modeling from others: how to approach the unknown, how to nurture curiosity, and how to foster resilience.
- We encourage a progressive culture of data-driven experimentation and research, where prudent risk-taking is encouraged and rewarded.
Core K12 Competencies (What we know about skills and experiences)
Analytical and Creative Thinking
- Identify, manage and address complex problems
- Detect bias, and distinguish between reliable and unsound information
- Control information overload
- Formulate meaningful questions
- Analyze and create ideas and knowledge
- Use trial and error; devise and test solutions to problems
- Imagine alternatives
- Develop cross-disciplinary knowledge and perspectives
- Engage in sustained reasoning
- Synthesize and adapt
- Solve new problems that don’t have rule-based solutions
- Use knowledge and creativity to solve complex “real-world” problems
Complex Communication—Oral and Written
- Understand and express ideas in two or more languages
- Communicate clearly to diverse audiences
- Listen attentively
- Speak effectively
- Write clearly and concisely—for a variety of audiences
- Explain information and compellingly persuade others of its implications
Leadership and Teamwork:
- Initiate new ideas
- Lead through influence
- Build trust, resolve conflicts, and provide support for others
- Facilitate group discussions, forge consensus, and negotiate outcomes
- Teach, coach and counsel others
- Enlist help
- Collaborate tasks, manage groups, and delegate responsibilities
- Implement decisions and meet goals
- Share the credit
Digital and Quantitative Literacy:
- Understand, use, and apply digital technologies
- Create digital knowledge and media
- Use multimedia resources to communicate ideas effectively in a variety of forms
- Master and use higher-level mathematics
- Understand traditional and emerging topics in math, science, and technology, environmental sciences, robotics, fractals, cellular automata, nanotechnology, and biotechnology
- Develop open-mindedness, particularly regarding the values, traditions of others
- Understand non-western history, politics, religion and culture
- Develop facility with one or more international languages
- Use technology to connect with people and events globally
- Develop social and intellectual skills to navigate effectively across cultures
- Use 21st century skills to understand and address global issues
- Learn from, and work collaboratively with, individuals from diverse cultures, religions, and lifestyles in a spirit of mutual respect and open dialogue
- Leverage social and cultural differences to create new ideas and achieve success
Adaptability, Initiative, and Risk-Taking
- Develop flexibility, agility, and adaptability
- Bring a sense of courage to unfamiliar situations
- Explore and experiment
- Work effectively in a climate of ambiguity and changing priorities
- View failure as an opportunity to learn, and acknowledge that innovation
involves small successes and frequent mistakes
- Cultivate an independence of spirit to explore new roles, ideas, and strategies
- Develop entrepreneurial literacy
Integrity and Ethical Decision-Making
- Sustain an empathetic and compassionate outlook
- Foster integrity, honesty, fairness and respect
- Exhibit moral courage in confronting unjust situations
- Act responsibly, with the interests and well-being of the larger community in mind
- Develop a fundamental understanding of emerging ethical issues and dilemmas regarding new media and technologies
- Make reasoned and ethical decisions in response to complex problems
Habits of Mind
- Love of Learning/Curiosity
- Stress Management
- Time Management
- Contributions reflect independent and connected thinking
- Demands evidence for assertions from peers, authorities, and self
- Different audiences, tasks, skills, and purposes require thinking carefully about context