Lindfield Learning Village

Choosing the wrong drivers for whole system reform by Michael Fullan

‘Whole system reform’ is the name of the game and ‘drivers’ are those policy and strategy levers that have the least and best chance of driving successful reform. A ‘wrong driver’ then is a deliberate policy force that has little chance of achieving the desired result, while a ‘right driver’ is one that ends up achieving better measurable results for students. Whole system reform is just that – 100 per cent of the system – a whole state, province, region or entire country. This paper examines those drivers typically chosen by leaders to accomplish reform, critiques their inadequacy, and offers an alternative set of drivers that have been proven to be more effective at accomplishing the desired goal, which I express as … the moral imperative of raising the bar (for all students) and closing the gap (for lower performing groups) relative to higher order skills and competencies required to be successful world citizens.

 

Breath by James Nestor

Breath is, quite literally, a breath of fresh air! Nestor takes you on the personal, scientific and historical journey which notes the importance of breathing and how to do it well. Stay with me…if we don’t breathe correctly, despite mindset, diet and exercise, then none of that really matters. A fascinating journalistic lens is applied to uncover how and why we stopped breathing effectively and useful, purposeful tips are given to bolster your own work in breathing well. Overall, some mind blowing stats, interesting anthropology and most definitely, a better night’s sleep. Get onto this one! “Modern research is showing us that making even slight adjustments to the way we inhale and exhale can jump-start athletic performance; rejuvenate internal organs; halt snoring, asthma, and autoimmune disease; and even straighten scoliotic spines. None of this should be possible, and yet it is”.

Sand Talk by Tyson Yunkaporta

Sand talk is an extraordinary reading experience which will transform that way you think about and engage with knowledge! Exploring various global systems through an Aboriginal perspective, Sand Talk provides us with a rich and interactive way to see and truly understand our world. Taking you on a journey through an academic yarn, Tyson Yunkaporta invites us to explore patterns to reimagine how we learn, how we listen and how we act. Sand talk brings clarity to complex issues and systems and encourages us to do things differently as custodians of this place. This is a remarkable read!

Drive by Daniel Pink

A book that will change how you think and transform the way you live. Forget everything you thought you knew about how to motivate people. It is wrong! The secret to high performance and satisfaction is the deeply human need to direct our own lives, to learn and create new things and to do better by ourselves and the world. Along the way, Dan introduces us to the scientists and entrepreneurs who are pointing a bold way forward.

Lifelong Kindergarten by  Mitchel Resnick

How lessons from kindergarten can help everyone develop the creative thinking skills needed to thrive in today’s fast-changing world. Focusing on playing, sharing and reflecting and drawing on his 30 year experiences at MIT’s Media Lab, Resnick discusses new technologies and strategies for engaging young people in creative learning experiences. Let’s help our students prepare for a world where creative thinking is more important than ever before.

Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon

You don’t need to be a genius, you just need to be yourself. That’s the message of this author who knows that creativity is everywhere and for everyone. This book is inspiring, hip, original, practical and entertaining. And filled with truths about creativity. Nothing is original, so embrace influence, collect ideas, and remix and reimagine your own path.

So Far From Home – Margaret J Wheatley

So Far From Home  Margaret J Wheatley

We need new maps to navigate our brave new world. One kind of map shows us where we are now–she offers a penetrating critique of popular culture. But a second kind of map invites us to choose a new role for ourselves as warriors for the human spirit. This map helps us develop the skills we need most–insight, bravery, decency, compassion– to discover our right work and create meaningful lives in this dark time. Profoundly reflective yet down-to earth, rooted in the day-to-day experiences we all share, this book is both affirming and provoking, calling us to reexamine our expectations and redefine our role for the work ahead. Read it in one weekend!

Village Pedagogy

Village Pedagogy

At LLV, our practice is collegial and collaborative. This means that teachers work in relationship with each other and the students with a team player attitude. We are flexible, creative, have a willingness to change and will always look for another/better way. We are teachers that are always learners and we will stay on top of global research and best practice. We are happy to fail spectacularly and learn from that. We have and expect our students to have a growth mindset.
Our pedagogy encourage and develop autonomous, independent investigation, supported with ‘masterclasses’ or ‘pop-up workshops’ as well as ‘flow’ where students engage in deep learning.
Our role as teachers is to scaffold and teach thinking and thinking processes and to introduce concepts, big ideas, help make connections and question deeply.

It is a pedagogy of responsiveness. We will minimise teacher talk and worksheets, looking for better ways of capturing understanding and measuring growth. We will seek to design ways to measure what we value. Learning will be kinaesthetic, reflective, personal, driven by the students, and supported by excellent teachers. It will always have a clear purpose and will be well supported by rigorous feedback, check ins, formative assessments and observations. It will be fun, dynamic and celebrate failure.

Our focus is on growing EQ, transdisciplinary connection and multidisciplinary projects and on developing the innate capacity of our students to own their learning.

Beyond

What is Beyond?
What does it offer my child?

Beyond is a signature program at LLV that operates in Years 7 to 10 enabling and empowering learners to develop skills that support them in life beyond the curriculum. Learning Guides work closely with their Beyond classes as mentors, advocates and are the main contact between home and school. Beyond 2021 embraces three components:

Beyond Connect: A time to connect with others and to connect knowledge. This is dedicated to growing habits for effective wellbeing.
Beyond Communicate: Write for Wellbeing – a whole school literacy program embedded in literacy initiatives.
Beyond Create: A hybrid of design based learning and project based learning that offers authentic transdisciplinary learning opportunities.

Beyond happens on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Research:
R. Green(2020), DOE Wellbeing Framework (2015), R. Richhart (2015), H. Street (2018), PBL Works, Human Centred Design, DOE Literacy K-12 Policy (2017)