Presenting your school’s Educational Framework doesn’t have to be done in a boring and lackluster way, there are many ways fun ways to share it and get your staff working together as a team! Below are some inspirational ideas to help get you started:
Turn your school’s Educational Framework into a puzzle and make multiple copies. Divide your staff into groups and see which team can correctly put all the pieces together faster.
2. Scavenger Hunt
Divide your school’s framework into pieces and hide them in various areas of the school. Break your staff into groups and provide them with clues as to where to find each piece, and have them go on a scavenger hunt. Once all the pieces have been collected, have each team attempt to piece the framework together. Note: You will need to make a separate copies of the framework for each team to find.
Have your staff create a mural of your school’s Educational Framework, and encourage them to be as creative as they can using a variety of supplies – paints, glitter, markers, etc. Take things one step further and personalize the mural using staff names and/or photos alongside subject areas so all can see how everyone connects.
4. Blind Drawing
Hand out blindfolds, pencils and paper to your staff. Tell them they will need to listen to your description of the school’s framework and draw it as best they can while wearing a blindfold. See who can draw the image closest to the actual framework!
5. Team Puzzle
Divide your staff into teams and provide each team with a set of blindfolds and two sets of the Educational Framework that has become puzzle pieces – one puzzle should be in pieces, and the other put together. Each team will need to choose a leader, and this person will need to distribute the blindfolds and organize the members in a semi-circle at the table. Once ready, all team members (minus the leader) will put on blindfolds. The leader will then instruct the team on putting together the puzzle pieces using the completed puzzle as an answer key.
6. Partial Reveal
Display a portion of your school’s Educational Framework on an interactive whiteboard or a poster with sections covered. Divide your staff in teams and see if they can guess what the completed framework looks like. The teams can do this orally, or by drawing it out on paper.
How will you be sharing your school’s Educational Framework? We would love to hear your ideas!
Many of the world’s most innovative companies are building their culture around a model of shared leadership, whereby employees within a team or organization lead each other. In this model, no employee is above another, therefore each member needs to be comfortable in expressing their ideas and sharing power. If this is the company model that many of our graduating students will be expected to work within, how do we as educators prepare them? Is there a way to remove the hierarchy that exists between educator and student (to some extent) and allow learners to gain the confidence to enter a workforce where they may not report to a “superior” in the the traditional sense? I believe that through the use of the Shared Leadership Framework below, there would be a way.
The above model would not replace what already exists at a school, it would add to it (see Lego model), and support one or more of the school’s common focus(es). For example, global citizenship, innovative thinking, service learning, etc. – let’s say in this instance, it’s service learning. You will notice that in the above framework, no one person is above another: it’s a team effort, and any proposals brought forward pertaining to service learning will have equal value. The purple circle represents service learning and encompasses all the ideas generated to further serve the school’s mission with respect to service learning. The white arrows illustrate cross-collaboration opportunities between students, mainstream teachers, specialist teachers, leadership, ELL teachers and learning support staff. The “atoms” underneath each of the four sections (students, leadership … ) represent any individual or collaborative ideas brought forth from within the group. As with any educational framework, it is incomplete without the individualized planners to support its realization, and these planners would be tailored to suit the school’s individual needs.
In implementing the Shared Leadership Framework at your school, you will be allowing students the opportunity to have a voice and learn how to work in an environment of team leadership. The model doesn’t require eliminating the hierarchy at your school, only choosing one or two areas of focus that will allow for students to share power with the staff in bringing forth and implementing ideas.
The workforce is changing, and it is our job as educators to ensure that our learners are equipped with the necessary skills to succeed. If your school is interested in implementing the Shared Leadership Framework or learning more about what we do, contact us!
What is an Educational Framework?
The Flipped Classroom Framework
The Transdisciplinary Framework
The Language Framework
The Early Years Framework
The Transitional Framework
The question of whether or not a school can have multiple educational frameworks is one that has been asked before, and the answer is, of course. A school’s needs are never black and white, they are more often shades of grey, and so the framework solutions proposed must also be flexible. The great thing about frameworks is that they can be linked together like Tinkertoys, Lego pieces, or cogs, etc. and these designs can provide a school with the option of accommodating multiple teaching philosophies, adding another framework on top of an existing one (building upon what is already taking place at a school) and accommodating both staff and individual student frameworks, just to name a few scenarios.
A. Multiple Teaching Philosophies
Sometimes, as in the case of the Netherlands Inter-community School (NIS), a school will wish to accommodate two different philosophies and teaching styles, and yet have everyone meet a common school-wide vision, values and curriculum. At NIS, the school wanted the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) to be the curriculum of choice for both the Early and the Primary Years, along with its values; however, the Early Years program followed the Reggio Emilia philosophy and the Primary Years followed more of a thematic inquiry-based approach. In order to meet the needs of both the Early and Primary Years, two separate educational frameworks had to be designed that both used the IPC in their own way but yet still linked together, as seen in the “Tinkertoy” style models below:
Although the above example shows two frameworks linked just like Tinkertoys, any number of educational frameworks can be added and linked together.
B. Adding an Educational Framework on Top of an Existing Educational Framework:
A school may already have a strong existing working framework and want to add one or more ideological layers such as developing an innovator’s mindset within the staff. In this case, the additional educational framework(s) created will snap on top of the existing framework like a Lego piece, adding another layer but not detracting from anything already in place.
C. Staff & Student Frameworks:
A third scenario that a school may wish to create is separate school, staff and student frameworks that link together and move in unison, yet are individualized – like interconnecting cog wheels. This option would suit a school that is looking at allowing students to move through curriculums at their own pace and based on their own interests. In such an instance, staff frameworks that linked to the overall school’s vision would be developed, and from there separate student frameworks and accompanying planners would be created to support their learning.
The above scenarios represent a few of the options a school may choose to develop. Every school has its unique requirements and thus every school will be provided with its own distinctive and customized solution. A school should never have to “fit in” to a framework solution, educational frameworks should fit the school and its needs.