Alis Rocca - If Children Have Interest, Then You Have Education

About the Session

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‘Children will learn to do what it is they want to learn to do’ and so says Sugata Mitra, Professor of Educational Technology at the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences at Newcastle University. Mitra created a process that empowered children to learn independently and to develop the skills to self-regulate so that they improved their resilience and pushed their learning to unexpected levels.

Alis has developed S.O.L.T (self-organised learning time) in the schools in which she has worked. This process is inspired by Mitra’s work and encourages greater independence and interdependence in pupils through student-centred and student-led learning. It teaches self-efficacy and self-regulation as children become responsible for their own learning and follow their own interests. This talk covers the theory and how to implement it, the desired outcomes, and the positive impact.

About Alis

Alis is Co-Headteacher at a Primary School in Hertfordshire and runs her own consultancy and wellbeing business. She is a certified coach and qualified yoga and meditation teacher.

Alis is passionate about teaching children and young people the skills to become effective, life-long learners. The research Alis undertook during her MEd continues to inform her vision and her leadership everyday. She believes that children should continue to love the process of learning with curiosity and excitement in the way they did when very young. As a result she works hard to ensure that all adults working in schools keep children at the heart of every decision, strategy, plan, learning activity and policy written. She believes that a school’s curriculum should illustrate diversity and represent the children it serves.

Alis has a clear focus on the importance of mental health and wellbeing and establishes a coaching culture in the schools in which she works, or consults, to this end. The coaching approach is carefully designed to develop colleagues, parents and the children or young people of the school community. She firmly believes in the transformational power of coaching for improving personal performance, developing confidence and creating a sense of self-worth and agency.

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