STEP Conference 2016 Keynote 1 Janie McManus – Attainment and Improvement

Janie McManus, EduTalk, Mar 10, 2016
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I listened to this talk on Ed Radio from the STEP (Scottish Teachers for Enhancing Practice) conference last week on the drive in this morning. Janie McManus is an engaging speaker who spoke on meeting the two challenges in Scottish education, excellence, and (especially) equity. Meeting these requires the continuous engagement and improvement by all staff in the system, she said. And in meeting these objectives, you should ask:

  • How well are you doing
  • How do you know
  • What can you learn from others

I've often said that learning is composed of practice and reflection. Facing these questions, looking for key indicators, and especially addressing the questions how do you know? and so what? constitute the 'reflection' part of the equation.

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