Archipelago of Possibilities

 

Priming teachers to reflect on intrinsic motivations for change

Role: Learning designer | Project: Riverdale (New York) & University of Melbourne (2015)

Team: Isabella Brandalise, Ker Thao, Ricardo Dutra, and Sophie Riendeau

  Fig.1: archipelago of possibilities is a tool for teachers to collaboratively investigate mindframes they wish to develop

Fig.1: archipelago of possibilities is a tool for teachers to collaboratively investigate mindframes they wish to develop

the need

Given teachers' limited time and the pressure to handle a great number of micro decisions in the classroom, time for self reflection (of what they hold dear in their practice and how they envision their work in the future) usually falls short. In this project, design plays a role in re-imagining opportunities for them to collaboratively envision and act on new teaching mindframes.

Formative assessment is number one impact on learning.
— Kevin Mattingly, Riverdale Country School, New York
  Fig.2: 'souvenirs' are the commitment devices teachers create to give form to their future mindframes

Fig.2: 'souvenirs' are the commitment devices teachers create to give form to their future mindframes

lessons learned:

  • prototyping can support teachers to communicate new mindframes by giving them form
  • commitment devices can support teachers to take collective responsibility of what they wish to develop
  • re-defining the roles of teachers and students is key for re-framing authentic classroom collaboration

For further reference, the report/study case can be downloaded here. Reports and proceedings on the work can be found here.

McEntee, K, Brandalise, I., Goncalves, R.D, Riendeau, S., Thao, K. & Grocott, L. (2016) Archipelago of possibilities: Priming teachers to reflect on intrinsic motivations for change. Pilot project report. ILETC Project: The University of Melbourne.