Session 12 in Mindlab was eventful, in the sense, I tasted all outcomes of misapplication of 'flip' , 'agile' and 'lean' methods in a single go of 'robot' making. The Kaizen and Kanban were not maintained. Let me explain it now- I did not do the prior preparation (required for flip learning), I did not follow the 'lean's' methodology of continual evaluation and recourse of action to achieve this goal. As an ex flight crew (1990's) I should have remembered the importance of reading instructions in the manual, which I totally ignored. Result was pretty obvious, outcome was 'fragmented ' pieces of totality, but in the end, finished with the reward of assimilating the 'insight' and 'wisdom'- now I (hopefully) know why we do not, sometimes, succeed in 'life'! Great learning!
Mindlab has certainly impacted on my teaching life. I can sense, there are 'intrinsic' changes in the way I run my classroom. My main focus has shifted towards making classroom more dynamic. I continually think about making my classroom more collaborative. At least, I am trying to identify the hurdles towards it and there are many. The most difficult is the 'culture'- in school.in classroom, students and finally teachers. Oh, I forgot to mention, foremost are the parents. Some of the parents, I believe, de-philosophies the 'ideas' we try to instill in our students for a better cause which possibly comes from their past experiences of journey through their education. Although we think (sometimes) that the teaching, especially in my classroom centres around singular (my) decision, in reality it is more complex. It is like a relay race. There are multiple players e.g all the teachers are contributing in respect of setting the tone of a class, work habit of students and the way students perceive the world. I will use an example, one teacher in the chain of action does not believe in BYOD's positive impact in education and constantly feeds the students with the negativity about the business. That could be damaging. The blog is getting longer to read, so time to stop! More next time!