During our monthly #peel21st Twitter chat we started discussing the elements of our Modern Learning Vision for our district. I’d like to think there was more sense to our planning, but most likely we landed on Learning Culture because it was the first box. As we got to chatting, it kept popping up how the 6 elements we had highlighted all overlap. I could see how the nice tidy boxes should have been more like an abstract watercolour painting with blended edges, an experiment in colour combination.
At around the same time I was reading through Will Richardson and Brian Dixon’s white paper on 10 Principles for Schools of Modern Learning and this quote caught my eye.
I kept coming back to the idea that maybe learning culture was at the core of it all.
What is the purpose of inquiry without a learner with a questioning disposition, global citizenship without student agency, transparent assessment without student voice?
Maybe the hallmark of a modern school is a passion for learning, a willingness to innovate, take risks and grow together.
If we can pick only one to focus on maybe it should be learning culture .