85 Future Forwards: Exploring Frontiers in Education
not have predicted at the outset. As teachers we are often reminded that
the world is changing so rapidly that we do not know what jobs our students
will have in the future, but knowing how to learn will always be required
and relevant. So, is inquiring into how to learn the way we can truly prepare
them for their future lives?
The compelling results that I have had with split screening my inquiries has
led me to consider the following future possibilities and action steps to
encourage growth and have a greater impact on student learning:
•Persuade more elementary colleagues to join me in this venture
by starting smaller and using the eight ‘Standards for Student
Mathematical Practice’ as a starting point for learning about split
screening. These standards are within our practice already and so
trialling split screening with them may be a place for a natural start.
•Students take their ‘toolkits’ with them onto the next grade, to
be added to and developed until, by the end of their elementary
education, they have a toolkit bursting with learning skills, setting
them up as knowledgeable and skilled learners in their future learning
lives. Could we be a school that communicates a real belief in the value
of learning about how we learn as much as what we learn?
• Give learning skills their own lines of inquiry when we are planning out
a UOI. Could we really place them centre stage?
• Base all student portfolios around how they have grown as learners
so they could look back and reflect on how they have grown in all
five areas of the transdisciplinary skills, across all subjects, on their
journey from Kindergarten to Grade 5. Would this be a more powerful
and useful record of learning than reflecting on knowledge, concepts