Events

Active Learning Network Events are focused on bringing together individuals interested in all things related to active learning to share good practice, discuss and develop innovative pedagogy. It would be great to see you there.

Enjoying risk-taking and not knowing: Practical ideas to inspire a lifelong love of learning from an early age
DR MARCELO STARICOFF
Associate tutor, School of Education and Social work University of Sussex, Creator of ‘The joy of not knowing (JONK)’, author ‘Start thinking’ and recent headteacher

Friday 8th February, 12-1pm, Meeting House Quiet Room, University of Sussex

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The session will share a wide of range of practical examples, illustrated with children’s work, of how learning environments and routines can be established to inspire students to enjoy ‘not knowing’, to embrace uncertainty and confusion, to explore alternative methods of solving problems and to equip students with the lifelong learning dispositions and behaviours that enable them to relish taking risks with their learning.

How can we equip students with the tools, resources, dispositions and freedoms that enable them to feel intrinsically motivated to want to take risks with their learning and with their thinking?

How can students be equipped to enjoy launching into their learning with equal enthusiasm when they feel clear of the outcome and process, they are following, as well as when they have little idea of what their exploration will lead to or know how to start?

How can we equip students with the resources that enable them to enjoy getting to the same end point but after trying out many different avenues to get there? How can we encourage them to venture into the unknown, speculate about the findings along the way and develop their creative and innovative thinking skills?

How can we establish classrooms learning environments in which the teacher feels able to confidently model risk-taking as an integral part of their teaching and learning process?

How can philosophy as a distinct lesson and a philosophical approach to the curriculum and to learning objectives be used to nurture a risk-taking culture in the classroom, beyond the classroom and at home? The talk will illustrate how to use philosophy to create classrooms as communities of inquiry in which students are able to share and discuss their thinking in a safe and respectful environment. Examples will be presented of occasions in which children and teachers changed their minds after considering the thoughts, views and opinions of others!

The talk will show how establishing a  risk-taking culture, helps to develop all the values, dispositions and behaviours in learners that enables them to develop the critical thinking skills that are so invaluable if they are to succeed in and contribute to the sustainability of our world as successful, caring, versatile, and responsible citizens from an early age.

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Students, risk-taking and specialism-based learning

Friday 1st March, 12-1pm, Meeting House Quiet Room, University of Sussex

Details to follow.


Tutors, risk-taking and good-practice teaching

Friday 5th April, 12-1pm, Meeting House Quiet Room, University of Sussex

Details to follow.


Past events

Friday 7th December, 12-1pm, Meeting House Quiet Room, University of Sussex
Inclusive Learning
How can we create environments where people feel comfortable to voice their own ideas and ask questions?

Shared summary of the event can be found on our interactive cork board (Padlet) here. Feel free to contribute helpful links and thoughts on the subject.


Friday 9th November, 12-1pm, Meeting House Quiet Room, University of Sussex
The Use of Visual Media in Learning
Using visual media to help ourselves and others learn
In association with Digital Discovery Week at the University of Sussex

Shared summary of the event can be found on our interactive cork board (Padlet) here. Feel free to contribute helpful links and thoughts on the subject.