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In my last post I coined a term called learnership which I don't believe has been used before but came to me as a way of expressing educational leadership combined with educators needing to show learners how to learn, thus learnership.

"We cannot do things the same way." was said to me by a veteran teacher who is seeing how technology can change learning. Mind you, this has come after one foray into using the power of the Web to change student productivity and learning. She sees the value of losing old pedagogical schemes in light of new ones but would not have come to this conclusion on her own had I not been there to coach her and learn with her. This gets to a specific point Michael Fullan is making in his book Stratosphere. Education needs expert learners to be expert leaders leading student how to become an expert learner. Educators are to be the experts in both - leading to learn and learning to lead.

The next few years, perhaps five, will prove how well teachers can help their students become and expert learner. The goal is to guide, or shape, how they think about learning so that when a student is faced with a novel learning experience, they know how to go about it vs. floundering about without a direction.

Learnership is the new pedagogy, it is cutting edge. It takes away the need to know everything to become a servant leader - one who shows how to do something alongside the other person. In this case learnership.

What makes learnership the new pedagogy? First, it shifts the role of teacher to role of guide, or facilitator, and as a guide the teacher also learns along the way. No guide I know of knows absolutely everything. I do know that guides point out what to look for. Here I think of walking in a museum where the guide points out the art, the techniques and the style. However, someone accustomed to a particular artist, or period, may know more than the guide. Mutual learning can take place. Learnership requires deeper, current pedagogical knowledge about how students learn. One size does not fit all, and in a coming age of customized learning (thanks to technology), teachers must know how to reach individual students in a myriad of ways. This may be a blended learning model, 1:1, PBL, or other form. What matters is the teacher's ability to use sound pedagogy concomitant with technology. Finally, leanership is empathy driven. The educator approaches learning from the learner's perspective as a student centered approach. Empathy puts teachers in the state of mind "I've been there before" which helps to facilitate positive learning, learning that excites students to want more.

Learnership puts teachers at the crossroads of pedagogy, technology, inquiry and empathy creating powerful learning experiences.

Original post at reformededucation.com

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