Short Biography of Sir Ken Robinson
English born in 1950. Author, speaker and international advisor to governments on educational matters. Spent a little over a decade as Professor of Arts Education at the University of Warwick. Now resident in Los Angeles. Much of his focus on the idea and value of creativity. His TED talk "Bring on the Learning Revolution" runs for 15 minutes. Easily accessed via YouTube, the TED iPad app or the following link ... http://www.ted.com/talks/sir_ken_robinson_bring_on_the_revolution.html
Ask participants to discuss what they believe to be the principal messages delivered by Robinson in his TED talk.
Key Message 1
Robinson emphasises that our school systems do NOT provide opportunities for students to discover and then explore their "natural talent."
Key Message 2
Robinson has long described education as "organic." Unfortunately, most schools (all?) follow a "linear narrative" in which students move from Point A to Point B. "College does NOT begin in kindergarten. Kindergarten begins in kindergarten."
Key Message 3
In his speech, Robinson references a TED talk from celebrity chef Jamie Oliver who spoke of "fast food" and "agricultural" styles in cooking. Robinson applies this to education, believing that we must abandon the mass produced, standardised model in order to have an "agricultural model" ... in which we tend for individual students, monitor their growth and meet their individual requirements.
Key Message 4
With a wonderful story about a fireman, Robinson emphasises how often teachers can deride the "dreams" of students. He asks teachers as his speech concludes to "tread softly."
Key Message 5
Robinson quotes from Abraham Lincoln and goes into raptures over Lincoln's use of the word "disenthrall." Robinson asserts that too many teachers are "set in their ways" believing there is "only one way." Teachers must be prepared to be learners.
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The SAMR Model
Give audience/participants a brief explanation of this model. (NB: The largely obscured vertical word at bottom left is "Enhancement" whilst more visible at top right is "Transformation." Allow for some discussion ... Is this a Transformative school?
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