Thursday, January 19, 2012

Me Manifesto - 30 Goals Challenge 2012

Today I begin the 30 day challenge
Today the goal is to create a Me Manifesto!  This instantly appeals to me having long being a fan of the Holstee Manifesto!
I have this on my wall and as a screen saver and often reflect on and share the words.  Then in November I met the Sandbox Manifesto with Angela Maiers!  The whole notion of play in learning resonates so well with me.  Those of you who know me will know that fun and play is a big part of who I am!  
So, to see the word Manisfesto in the challenge was awesome, and to see the word Me with it was a challenge.  What is my manisfesto?  Firstly, what exactly is a Manifesto?


A manifesto is a public declaration of principles and intentions.

So this is to be my declaration of my beliefs, my passions, my objectives, what makes me tick!  It is what I believe about life and learning, it is what I am about!  And it is my intentions!

My Me Manifesto:
  • Learning must be FUN - There must be fun in my day and in my learning!  
  • MAGIC must be present - by this I mean there must be a certain enchantment or WOW factor or mystery and intrigue!
  • Honour all learners - Each learner must be honoured, accepted, respected, and challenged
  • Challenging "Our task, regarding creativity, is to help children climb their own mountains, as high as possible. No one can do more"   LORIS MALAGUZZI   Using James Nottingham's Challenging learning philosophy I aim to challenge my learners into, through and out of the learning pit.
  • Collaborative - I am really focusing on distant collaborative learning to connect my learners with a range of expertise and interests.
  • Authentic - I believe that all learners need a real purpose and authenticity for their learning.
  • Extended family involvement - it is crucial for me to have extended family involved in goal setting,  learning, reflecting and celebrating.
  • Differentiate learning - allow learning to travel different routes, have different learning journeys
  • Personalise learning - teaching and learning must meet the needs and aspirations of the learner
  • Allow for learning spaces - spaces must be created with and by the learners to allow for challenge and success
  • Team - learning is a team effort with everyone needing their own PLN (personal learning network)
  • Integrate play - play is integral to all experiences and I like the Google adage of 80% work and 20% innovation in a week!  For my programme, the innovation often comes in the 'play' time of Funky Friday sessions where creation and innovation rule!

That was an awesome path of self discovery as I reflect on what is key to my teaching and learning philosophies.  I am sure I have missed some key points but I am happy with where this is for now!  


  1. What a great manifesto and gives me thoughts as I prepare my own. Thank you for introducing me to Angela's Sandbox Manifesto. I had never heard of it before even though I'm a huge fan of her work. I have to admit that the Holstee Manifesto and another recent watching of Jerry Maguire influenced this particular goal :-)

  2. Thanks so much Shelly! I really enjoyed the process and can't wait til our learners are back at school after the summer! We are all going to create our own ME Manifesto - an awesome way to start the year!

  3. Love it! You might have inspired me to give it a go! I especially love your last one "integrate play". That is something I need to challenge myself to do more, personally and in the classroom!