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Shifting Thinking Workshop, Wellington, for people with a passion for education

Submitted by on April 10, 2012 – 4:40 pm

NZCER invites you to step into the Shifting Thinking Workshop space in Wellington in May. The Workshop is for anyone with a connection to education, including teachers, tutors, leaders, people working in youth development, policy makers and anyone interested in challenging their thinking and practice

NZCER’s Shifting Thinking project began in 2009 and is designed to explore the new thinking and learning needed in education for the 21st century. This year we are running a highly interactive two-day workshop shaped by the theme of participating and contributing.

It is a workshop for anyone with a connection to education in their work, including teachers, tutors, leaders, people working in youth development, policy makers and anyone interested in challenging their thinking and practice. We will be drawing on your knowledge, interests and talents as well as those of a diverse NZCER team to create an inspiring, knowledge-generating event together.

We hope this workshop will  be a space where:

  • people at the leading edge of change can make powerful connections
  •  ideas, knowledge and experiences are shared and developed
  • challenge and great questions abound
  • and there are possibilities and pathways for change
The Shifting Thinking 2012 Workshop is only a month away! (May 3-4, St James Theatre, Wellington)
Please check out the selection of short video clips about the Workshop and think about who in your networks might think “Yes! This Workshop is for me!”. Then, spread the word!
What do people want from a Workshop?
What do people want from a workshop? We have thought long and hard about this question. Listen as Jennifer Garvey Berger describes how this question has influenced the design of the Shifting Thinking Workshop 2012 

What are the “entry points” into the Workshop theme of participating and contributing?

If you’ve been checking in regularly to the Shifting Thinking 2012 Workshop page you’ll have seen us talk about 5 “entry points” into the workshop’s overarching theme of participating and contributing. Rachel Bolstad talks about where these entry points came from, why they matters, and also what I hope that you (our participants) will bring with you as you “enter” into the Shifting Thinking space.

Watch a 2 minute video

Sharing power and responsibility
Why is it often difficult to give up control and share power with our learners, even when we believe this is important? Jenny Whatman says she drew her inspiration from an incident that occurred more than 30 years ago, when she was a drama teacher in an Auckland secondary school. You’ll have a chance to explore these ideas through process drama in the “sharing power and responsibility” entry point session at the 2012 Shifting Thinking Workshop
Learners “playing the whole game”: What does knowledge creation look like in the classroom?
In this video NZCER chief researcher Rose Hipkins says getting students to participate in and contribute to the creation of new knowledge is something she has long seen as a dilemma, since she was a classroom teacher. She talks about the entry point session at the 2012 Shifting Thinking Workshop.
Dealing with complexity
Dr. Jennifer Garvey Berger talks about how we might develop our capabilities to work with complexity, and  what to expect from her session at the 2012 Shifting Thinking Workshop.
Identity and Culture. “Participating and contributing” from what positioning?
Jessica Hutchings and Alex Barnes from Te Wahanga, NZCER, discuss the perspective their session on identity and culture will bring to shifting thinking about participating and contributing. “If we want to really shift thinking, if we want to really participate and contribute, people need to feel empowered. And we can’t shift thinking and participate and contribute [if we] leave Te Ao Maori behind”. Watch the 3 min video
We now have a great deal of additional information about the programme on the Shifting Thinking website
It’s going to be an amazing event, hope to see you there!
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