Max Drummy is a Leader of Professional Learning for the Professional Learning Institute, Tasmania and he is hosting the EduTweetOz account this week. A day in, he’s already challenging us with thoughtful and insightful questions. Max tweets as @maxdrummy.
Here are his answers to our five questions:
Please tell us a little about your background in education. Why did you decide to become involved in education? What are some of the roles you’ve had and what does your current role involve?
After a number of “gap years” between finishing a teaching degree and actually beginning to teach, I have taught and led schools in Victoria, Southern China and, for the last 10 years, in Tasmania. I have spent time teaching – mainly in technology based areas, as an Assistant Principal, and have a couple of post graduate certifications, several accreditations in coaching approaches, and a broad and varied skillset built on experience both within and from outside the education sector.
In 2011 I shifted context from school leadership to taking a role as a Leader of Professional Learning for the Professional Learning Institute, Tasmania. My main focus area is building, brokering and facilitating professional learning that examines and constructs understandings about leading and teaching with and through technology.
Besides being passionate about family life and tinkering in the shed, I am highly committed to exploring how effective education systems lead and educate for future generations.
Who or what keeps you inspired and motivated in your work?
Working with adult learners to influence and develop their capacities to directly influence learners is a great reward, and a privilege. I am able to work with school leaders, teacher and teacher assistants, so the need for flexibility keeps me on my toes.
What do you see as some of the biggest rewards and challenges for people working in education today?
Rewards: seeing growth in learners capacities to engage as productive, thoughtful members of local, national and global communities. Developing what Michael Fullan is calling Education PLUS – “Education PLUS is, therefore, not simply about learning 21st century skills in isolation from doing, nor is it about acquiring basic skills and knowledge out of context. Instead, it is about collaborative learning through reflection in action and on action in order to become better at negotiating the messy, fuzzy, dilemma‐ridden context of real‐world life and work with positive impact. It is about developing an attitude of mind, a set of values and the personal, interpersonal and cognitive capabilities identified repeatedly in studies of successful early career graduates and those leaders who have helped create more harmonious, productive and sustainable workplaces and societies.”
Challenges: ensuring that outcomes/impact of “new” models of thinking and practice can actually be measured. An often dwindling/reallocated resource base with expectation of better/more/improved outcomes.
If you had the ability to make changes to the education system in Australia, what would you do?
Quarantine education from political agendas, whims and short term shifts. Continue to support professional standards with professional learning and development in a nationally consistent approach to build teacher capacity to impact learning.
What role do you see EduTweetOz playing on the education scene in Australia and what are your hopes for the account this week?
Hope to provoke and participate in stimulating professional dialogue. Furthering connections, catching half thoughts and being a part of a space, place and time where slow hunches can collide (thanks Steve Johnson :-))