Powerful Learning Practice – our community forms

Today was the Australian face to face kick off at Toorak College for the International Powerful Learning Practice cohort. Sheryl Nussbaum Beach and Will Richardson flew into Australia yesterday to help us kick off what is going to be transformational for many involved. Helping to get this cohort together has occupied me for the last few months. There have been meetings and countless emails and skype calls and chats that have led to seven Australian schools participating. We join a New Zealand team from Core education and nine teams from the United States.

Yes, we were experiencing technical difficulties here. Can you tell??

It was inspiring to see the Australian arm of the cohort come together today. Sometimes it’s hard to visualise something that has been long in the planning. When it happens you are so busy trying to make sure things run smoothly that you miss part of the experience. It felt a little like that today. We had technical hitches that impeded the ustream going out and getting everyone connected was a bit of a chore. I was a little stressed I have to admit, but you know what, these hitches didn’t much matter. What mattered was the fact that we were all there as interested educators, working towards forging links that are going to drive our learning community forward.

The gathering gave me much hope. During our lunch in our school’s Dining Room I looked around and realised that all these people were here because they have a genuine desire to learn what they can do to implement change that will benefit the students they teach.  For some time I’ve been on a bit of a solo trip trying to move people with the thinking I have after a period of immersion. I realised early on that my solo wasn’t going to cut it to get serious change happening. A chorus was more in order. Today I saw a choir who may still be in rehearsal, but practice will make all the difference. Our practice will take place in our dedicated ning environment which is being supported by Sheryl, Will, 21st Century fellows and our community leader Darren Kuropatwa.  

Tania Sheko, who is part of our cohort, has summed up how I think many participants feel about the change we are facing and the learning ahead;

“…..when change freaks me out, I have to remind myself that I also like moving the furniture around. It gets boring sitting and looking at the same view. There are new configurations to be discovered.”

Time to move the furniture I think.

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8 responses to “Powerful Learning Practice – our community forms

  1. Good luck with the journey; I’m looking forward to seeing how it all develops.

  2. Overjoyed to be part of a cohort with you at the helm.

  3. WinsonGreen

    There’s probably more “chorus members” out there than you might think Jenny. Glad that our school is involved and I’m looking forward to hearing more about things over the coming weeks.

    Good luck with the choir.
    Karen

  4. Good thoughts Jenny. I wish I had remembered to bring a camera along to get a few graphics af the people tere, all busy and working together. Looking forward to continuing with the program and working with everyone. Thanks again for yesterday

  5. Well done Jenny and thank you for all your hard work making this event happen. It was a great feeling being involved and I hope our school will eventually form a fortissimo section of the chorus.

  6. Natasha Kovalenko

    Jenny, all I can say is “La La La!”

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  8. Jennylu

    Thanks for this. I have asked for an invite to the Ning. I’ve put the wiki, the website and Sherryl and Richards blogs into my reader.

    And we will see what comes of it.

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