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Natalie Croome – Designer & Facilitator of Professional Learning:

What I do Best

K-12 Transdisciplinary Approaches to Teaching and Learning

International Educator: Mindfully designing comprehensive approaches to education that intentionally transcend national and cultural borders.  Providing opportunities for students, teachers, leaders, parents and the wider school community to be active and engaged participants in an interconnected world.

Innovate…Incubate…Amplify: Uniquely interpreting Action Research as “Improvement Sprints” (Simon Brakespear – Agile Schools). Identifying the “low-hanging fruit” for teacher learning in site-based inquiry experiences and working with motivated professionals to try new things, identify what works best in the given context (school culture, student cohort, curriculum framework) that can be tried, tested and shared throughout the school community.

Professional Learning Designer & Facilitator: Guiding educators in supporting one another’s learning and professional practice through sharing research-based pedagogy and things that work with students in classrooms.  Guiding teams and groups through an innovative approach to “Professional Learning through Collaborative Inquiry”.  Connecting teacher learning to student learning, explicitly and intentionally.

Putting People First…Learning Always Follows!

Teacher Identity: Examining who we are as people and educators leads us to identify what profoundly embeds our actions, words and interactions, on a daily basis, in our work with learners and colleagues.  This must be our starting point…who are we?  Who am I? Who are you?

Ethics and Professional Practice: Searching for and sharing what we believe, value and find satisfying, personally and professionally.  Identifying what profoundly embeds our actions, words and interactions, on a daily basis, in our work with learners and colleagues.  Bringing ourselves to all we do.

Collaborative Inquirer: Opening ourselves to the empowering possibilities of authentic questions.  And sharing our learning with others who have different perspectives and experiences.

Collaborative Inquirer: Opening ourselves to the empowering possibilities of authentic questions.  And sharing our learning with others who have different perspectives and experiences.

Cognitive Coach: Taking steps together to develop our practice through a commitment to reflective practice and caring about each other’s success.  Asking questions, exploring and demonstrating possibilities, embracing opportunities for change, setting goals that connect our learning with student learning and reflecting on our actions and experiences, with a view to developing ourselves as people and practitioners.

Collaborative Happiness: Focussing on what educators do with students today and letting the future take care of itself. More than purely knowing or being able to do, the purpose of education lays in the daily engagement of minds and bodies in pursuits and inquiries that are meaningful, relevant and authentic.  Enjoying moments of learning, on our own and with others.  Developing skills and competencies to live successfully, happily and with well-being…today and in the future.

Specialising in being a Generalist!

Integrationist (Interdisciplinary & Transdisciplinary Approaches to teaching and Learning): Establishing and highlighting the connections that exist between ways of viewing, thinking, being in and learning about the world, to provide opportunities for teachers and learners to make meaning and develop understanding which is contextual, personally relevant and results in meaningful understandings.

Implementer & Practitioner:  Navigating the distance between documentation and action. Identifying practical possibilities for taking action; translating theory into practice. Finding ourselves within the wrtitten curriculum to enable interpretation and implementation through dynamic approaches to planning, teaching and assessing.  

Curriculum Designer: Exploring ways of designing, writing and revisiting curriculum documents that draw from current research in learning theory and teaching with the “grain of the brain”.  Synthesising tailor-made curricula that best reflect particular institutions, classrooms, students, teachers, school communities and host countries/cultures.

Curiosity Cultivator:  Identifying what we wonder about and posing questions which allow for creative exploration. Harnessing our natural curiosity and reminding ourselves, and each other, of the powerful motivation that comes from satisfying our curiosity.  Providing guidance, scaffolding and time to identify where our true curiosity lies.  

Creativity Catalyst: Developing creative practices and expressing our creativity as teachers. Creating risk-taking, mistake-making classroom environments.  Modelling this with our students to demonstrate our willingness to be wrong, as a valid approach to learning.

 

Natalie Croome – Iteach Solutions Founder

International Educator, Professional Learning Designer & Facilitator

Phones:

FRANCE +33 (0) 6.46.19.85.20  AUSTRALIA +61 (0) 414 279 126

nat@iteach.solutionswww.iteach.solutions