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Richard Olsen
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I've update the event notice, but in case you missed it. We've postponed IOI Weekend and are running a free 3 hour Taster session this Friday instead starting at 6PM.

RSVP and more information here: http://melbourne.ioiweekend.com/melbourne-taster/

It would be great if you can join us.
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New post. There's been a bit written lately about the full stack startup, full stack employee, and the full stack company, so I've had a go at imagining the full stack teacher... did I get it close?
There has been a bit of discussion lately around full stack employees, and employers, and this post quoting John Hattie as suggesting teachers should stay out of research. IOI Weekend if definitely...
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Gave me a lot of related thinking points, thanks Richard
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Just letting you know about a new event I'm running with +Louise Bowe and +Kynan Robinson  

IOI Weekend is an intensive hands on workshop over an entire weekend where educators learn how to design innovative learning and teaching models that maximise pedagogical capacity, effectiveness, and quality.

We have a great line up of mentors, speaks and panelists lined up including +Mel Cashen +Bruce Dixon +Luke Franklin +Hamish Curry with more to be announced.

You can find more information at the website http://melbourne.ioiweekend.com

Also please download the flyer and share it with any educators who may be interested. You can find the flyer at: http://melbourne.ioiweekend.com/ioi-weekend-flyer.pdf
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New blog post today on the IOI Weekend Melbourne blog.  I took the lazy way out and copied from a book I'm slowly writing on the IOI Weekend process. So the post is long but you can skim through and just read the approaches to learning mathematics that you're interested in.  I'll be interested in hearing your feedback on this post.
This blog post is a long excerpt from a forthcoming book that will explain the IOI Process, it is long for a blog post so feel free to skip through and only read the approaches that are of interest...
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Definitely more nuanced which is why teachers should create their own canvas!
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New blog post: What can Visible Learning effect sizes tell us about inquiry-based learning? Nothing.

I've tried to ignore Visible Learning and talk of effect sizes, but the recent interviews that John Hattie has done talking about inquiry-based learning, and 21st century skills (not that I love that term) has prompted me to belatedly blog about my views on the limitations of Visible Learning and effect sizes. In short I believe the study design of Visible Learning makes it impossible for it to report on anything to do outside of an extremely narrow instructional teaching approach. Unfortunately it doesn't do that and claims that it can report on things like inquiry-based learning and 21st century skills should be challenged.

It is a big post (for me) so I'd love your feedback on ways that I can improve it, find it here: http://www.richardolsen.me/b/2015/04/what-can-visible-learning-effect-sizes-tell-us-about-inquiry-based-learning-nothing/
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Appreciate articles that challenge our thinking around waves in education
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I've written a new blog post, the fourth in four days which must be a record for me: How do teachers best decide which learning and teaching innovations to pursue? 

I'm interested in your thoughts on the idea of using an innovation thesis to help teacher make better decisions about the innovative learning and teaching approaches they introduce to their practice.

http://melbourne.ioiweekend.com/2015/04/how-do-teachers-best-decide-which-learning-and-teaching-innovations-to-pursue/
One of the biggest challenges for teacher innovators is deciding which compelling opportunities to pursue. For some the low hanging fruit, the opportunities that present quick, relatively easy wins...
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I think +Mel Cashen is going to call an official Beer Pedagogy event.  However if you're interested in free beer then +Louise Bowe +Kynan Robinson and I are holding an IOI Taster evening this Friday May 15th 6PM at New Era - nibbles, beer/wine and a bit of fun. Maybe head out for a beer or two afterwards as well.

RSVP and more details here: http://melbourne.ioiweekend.com/melbourne-taster/
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Another new blog post this one is about how can teachers can better understand student development? Part of the series I'm writing leading up to IOI Weekend Melbourne.
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Please help us spread the word about IOI Weekend Melbourne, May 15-17 by sending this flyer to any educators you think may be interested in attending.  Thanks!
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I've written a new blog post on the IOI Weekend blog: Understanding the black box of learning and teaching. I'd love to hear your thoughts on this...
Given that we now have clearly defined pedagogical quality, and recognised it as a meaningful measure of the worth of learning and teaching innovation, the next question most likely is… How do we d...
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I've written a post trying to convey the experience that we're planning for IOI Weekend, and also suggests what experienced teachers, new teachers, and school leaders will gain from the weekend.
We have been writing posts about the theory behind the IOI Weekend, something we plan to continue right up to the event, but today I wanted to broaden the picture by describing the experience of IO...
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New blog post: http://melbourne.ioiweekend.com/2015/04/defining-pedagogical-quality/

Second in my series of posts describing how schools and teachers can understand, design, and measure innovative learning and teaching through a lens of pedagogical quality.
In the first blog post of this series, I suggested that pedagogical quality can be used as an effective counter narrative to teacher quality for school improvement. I argued that pedagogical qualit...
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