What if? Thinking creatively to shift traditional education models.

Whole School

Designed to provoke educators and leaders to discuss, debate and wonder, “What if?” and take time to re-imagine and plan for the future of education. It has been 14 years since the late Sir Ken Robinson inspired us to change education and move from traditional education models to those that honoured students, and promoted creativity and thinking. In Sir Ken’s words, “The problem we continue to face is that we continue to meet the future by doing what we did in the past and so much of our current ‘traditional’ practice goes against our beliefs and our values.” 14 years – and what changes have we seen? Surely, it is time to honour our learners and pause to consider what education looks like, sounds like and feels like for them and for their future. Using a series of provocations, participants will be invited to consider, “What if?” We’ll use the design cycle to plan for possibilities and consider what learning could look like if we took a chance and were creative, brave, and collaborative. Towards the end of our time together, participants will form communities of inquiry to develop an OSCAR plan to share and inspire others to continue asking, “What if…”.

Session Goals:

  • In this workshop, we’ll invite leaders and educators to pause and take the opportunity to collaborate and think creatively.
  • You’ll develop an OSCAR plan to take back to your learning community to inspire others to continue asking, “What if…?” 

Session Outcomes:

  • Connect with others and learn from and with them. 
  • Use the design cycle to plan for possibilities if we took a chance and were creative, brave, and collaborative. 
  • Develop an OSCAR plan to take back to your learning community and inspire others to continue asking, “What if…?”.

Tania Mansfield:

Tania is currently working as the Director of Teaching and Learning, PYP Coordinator at American International School of Guangzhou (AISG) (www.aisgz.org). Previous to joining AISG, Tania was the PYP Coordinator at the International School of Ho Chi Minh City (ISHCMC). ISHCMC was a learning community that believed in pushing traditional boudaries and as a learning community we were driven by the belief that education is long-over due for a change. Tania is a believer in the power of collaboration and in my role as an instructional leader, I oversee curriculum design and works alongside teaching teams to guide, support and coach as they plan for their learners and look at ways to shift traditional models.