Why have a manifesto?I want to explain to others what I'm up to in education, join forces with other like minded people, do a gap analysis and enable others to critique my approach.
(Format and ideas inspired by the Agile Manfesto http://agilemanifesto.org/)
Education ManifestoWe are uncovering better ways to learn by doing it and helping others do it. Through this work we have come to value:
- Learner led over leader led
- Working on the learning environment over working on the learner
- Intrinsic satisfaction over token rewards
- Right pace over race to results
- Deep understanding over memorisation
- Working through struggle and mistakes over showing off perfection
- Coaching and mentoring over micro-management
- Questions from the learner over questions from the leader
- Create an ideal environment for learning. Think about productive environments and the activity they encourage, e.g. library, workshop, artists studio, music practice room.
- Recognise energy now and choose task appropriately. If energy remains low, respect this and try something else.
- Regular feedback to leader and learner to drive improvement. Respect learner's readiness for feedback and seek permission periodically (not continuously).
- Deliberate practice builds mastery.
- Connected learning to learner's needs + desires. "What does this mean for me?" is a great question.
- Making meaning / own interpretation - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meaning-making#Learning_as_meaning-making
- Repeated encounters: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spaced_repetition
- Building mastery
- Learning journey or jigsaw: small pieces make up the whole. Pieces often snap into place in a seemly random (to the leader) order.
- Foundations "I can do this real fast!" lead to higher level performance.