There is a point where leadership, learning, and technology converge is called learnership. In my previous post I called this the new pedagogy because we need to rethink and transform how education will look like in the future.
Learnership as reforming you
Who are you? Why do you teach? More importantly, how do you teach? Teaching is knowing how to get students to learn. This is not creating a writing a lesson plan that structures learning so much so as to now allow for any creativity as the learning moves forward. Rigid teaching says nothing about the student and only about the teacher. This is why I asked who you are, why you teach, and how you go about this.
My idea of learnership allows the teacher to leader and learner using technology. The teacher side of us lets us explain or describe what students should learn but do so along side them giving everyone a clear picture of learnership as learning together. This concept of learning together is nothing new, but it is usually ignored in the classroom because students are thought of as not knowing as much as the teacher.
Empowering the learner
My role in education is to empower students to be a learner and not just learning – learning how to learn. I do this in a technology class to develop their awareness of how they learn using learnership bringing together technology and pedagogy. Students see me not as their teacher but someone who is interested in learning with them as I listen and they teach me what they know. In the midst of class I am purposefully developing their digital tool belt or the webware they can use to demonstrate what they know and create their own content. The empowerment is using digital tools in ways they deem necessary to pull together a variety of information creating a portal so to speak of how kids think and what they have learned.
How to develop learnership – the beginning
It begins by admitting, and this is hard to do, that as a teacher you are not the focal point of the classroom and even though your title sets you apart from the kids, the title means nothing if students are not engaged, are disinterested, are not progressing based on summative assessments, are doodling, are not anxious to be in your room, and are lazy. Admitting and careful reflection allows you to see what you do and you how do it differently. There will be not one part of your philosophy that you do not question and reform. Teaching strategies will transform because you see yourself as a learner and as a learner you want more than just a lesson, you want an experience. The experience takes you to a different place in life, perspective is altered, and you transform. What you used to do is pale and gross. How you thought about learning seemed to simple. Your perspective about students shifts from learning from you to learning from each other.
It all begins with you analyzing and asking hard questions about you as a teacher. When reality strikes, learnership takes over and you lead as a learner not as a teacher.