Had an interesting meeting today with two co-presenters from a forthcoming education conference coming up in October. I’ve been working on what’s called the Ithaka Project for a couple of years now and have enjoyed the focus on reflecting on teaching practice. The project involves teachers from more than half a dozen Melbourne schools and they have an annual conference in October each year.
This year I’m part of a presentation reflecting on several key questions, including ‘what is good work’. I thought it was obvious, but the discussion got a bit spirited over a skinny latte or two in Glenferrie Rd today, so maybe it isn’t so clear after all!
The questions we’re going to try to address:
- What do we remember most about our education?
- What do the public think about teachers and schools?
- What is good work?
- What gets in the way?
- What is our day like?
I’ve got another couple of weeks to put the ideas down in writing so any suggestions or insights are more than welcome. I’ll publish my thoughts here, after the conference.
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