Nigel Coutts is the Year Six coordinator at Redlands, Sydney Australia. He is a passionate believer in life-long learning and enjoys opportunities to share teaching strategies. His areas of interest include, empowering student agency, design thinking, STEAM, making, and cultures of thinking. He has experience in Gifted and Special Needs Education and ‘Making Thinking Visible’. Nigel’s students are encouraged to engage with their learning through rich, collaborative learning experiences that build the skills they require to succeed in their futures. The culture of his classroom supports thinking and reflection while encouraging a growth mindset and an understanding that learning is an iterative process. He is an international speaker recently presenting in Florence at The Future of Education Conference where he shared a paper ‘From Personal Passions to Teaching for Innovation’. He shares his thoughts on learning at ‘The Learners Way’ and administers the quarterly #cotchat Twitter conversation.
Education is a field ripe for change. A confluence of influences has altered both our purposes and methods. New technologies have altered what is possible, shifted our interactions with knowledge and allowed for new models of connectedness. The forces of globalisation, and with that the movement of both manufacturing workforces and increasingly routine cognitive labour away from Western nations, is altering the face of work in these nations. Our children will leave school requiring a different set of skills to those that secured them employment but a short time ago.