My Education Manifesto

I've been involved in learning and education for over 5 years, enough time to start to make sense of my values and preferences -- what I stand for in education. So I've created a first draft education manifesto, to seek comment, feedback and discussion.

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 Manifesto

We 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

Principles:

  • 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.

Theory:

Let me know what you think...

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