Wednesday, 5 October 2016

ULearn2016 Keynote - Michael Fullen

New pedagogies for deep learning: a global innovative partnership

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Michael Fullen
  • Children want to get involved in the deep changes required to move forward
  • Ideally, education should amplify the "help" wiring in children
  • Knowledge should foster deeper thinking
  • Focus should be: character, education citizenship collaboration communication, creativity.
  • Deeper thinking: 
    • connects people to their real world, providing relevance
    • it connects people with their values
    • builds relationships of trust between teacher and student
    • creates a culture of high expectations
    • increases efficacy and optimism
    • provides support for students who do not have much
  • Whole system change strategies (things that DON'T work)
    • accountability (history of failure)
    • standards (insufficient)
    • system culture (promising success)
  • Breakthrough Leadership
    • Respect but reject that status quo
    • Be an expert and apprentice at the same time
    • Experiment with new ways then problem solve and commit to complete
  • Connected
    • The young are the most connected
    • The young are the least committed to the status quo - they can't wait to try the new thing!
"Humans, especially the young, find 'helping humanity' to be of intrinsic value."
  • Respect your students in the present, rather than the future.
  • Give students some choice!
  • Be willing to admit you don't know the answer
  • Normalise failure - it is okay to make mistakes!
  • Set the world askew!!
  • Make sure students feel like they belong :>


  • Use the 6 C's in your planning!
    • Creating rich activities with an open-end product! Children are able to create their own ending.
    • Measurable!
     To use in the classroom?
  • DEEP LEARNING - Pedagogical Practices, Learning Partnerships, Learning Environments, Leveraging Digital
KEY IDEAS FROM LECTURE:
  • Students are Change Agents!!
    • They cause pedagogical change!
    • Organisational change
    • Societal change
  • Professional Capital of Teachers
    • Human capital + decisional capital(group can use evidence to back their learning) + social capital(specific groups who work well together)
  • Coherence
    • Taking a complex idea and simplifying

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