This month we interviewed twenty mme moe users. They ranged from pre-service teachers using mme moe as a personal professional development tool during their professional experience, to very experienced teachers. Here is a precis of their views:
A finely tuned focus generates a greater sense of purpose
The interviewees reported that mme moe enabled them to access and engage in learning with a clear purpose that was directly connected to their personal identified needs and applicable to the classroom in which they were working. They were able to identify a clear purpose for professional learning that they felt was productive and valuable. This was in stark contrast to what they heard anecdotally in the staff room about teachers’ professional learning experiences.
Personal learning pathways increase engagement
They reported that they were able to address their own different needs, strengths, and learning styles, as opposed to being receivers at a conference, a lecture or even a workshop. To focus and support learning goals, they liked the access to their teacher competency framework, and the capacity to self reflect and and develop their own personal professional learning plan. If they found a learning object that didn’t engage them, they quickly left it behind and found another, and were able to keep looking until they found something that engaged them in the way they needed. In particular they looked for learning objects which modelled how they wanted to manage learning in their own classrooms.
Time, Time, Time
They reported that the capacity to learn when it was best for them was extremely powerful. The capacity to access learning objects at their own pace, place, time and path gave them the feeling that they were in charge of their own learning. As teachers they value professional learning, but often couldn’t make time for it when and where it was offered. Mme moe enabled them to effectively use the time they had to connect, collaborate and learn. Happily they also reported that time used on the daily habit of reflection, and for some, journalling, wasn’t an issue at all.
Loneliness, Collaboration and Coaching
They reported that they were hungrily looking forward to mme moe’s collaboration functionality (the beginning of which has just been released). Some reported that they felt the need to engage with others who are invested in solving similar problems and issues. We look forward to providing this functionality asap. A number of the students particularly, identified that it would be very useful if they had had a mme moe mentor (almost a teacher coach) throughout the experience.
At mme moe we were impressed by the thought that the interviewees gave the process and we thank them very much. Like them, we are learners!
At mme moe, our mission is to work out the habits of effective learners, and then see how we can operationalise those habits into functionality that everyone can use. We have worked with and interviewed business people, sportstars, teachers and principals to find out how they got to be as good as they are, and this is what we have found so far!
Reflect and Grow
They have a habit of continuous reflection. Effective people have a habit of having a good, hard look at themselves. They are serious about getting better because their professional lives depend upon it. They use this reflection to be continually aware and mindful. Many of them, including high performing athletes, keep a diary of their reflections. You can use mme moe's dial and the journal to develop this habit.
Connect and Network
They have a habit of connecting with people who can be useful to them or with people for whom they can be useful. The stereotype of the successful loner turns out to be not the case. Perhaps surprisingly, for effective people it is not all about them. Effective people have almost a service mentality and want to help other people. mme moe's plan sharing and feedback tools enable connecting.
Effective people leave no stone unturned to know their competence. If they are going to spend time and resources improving, they tend to work very hard to know their baseline competence – what they are good at and what they could be better at. mme moe's Know your competence tool enables teachers and principals to do this.
Use the data
Tracking competence is one thing: using the data proactively is another. Effective people can see the big picture and can identify their rate of improvement. They see things through a holistic lens that gives them an insight into the general trajectory of their improvement process. mme moe now enables you to check your big picture - check your reflective habit development; see the extent of your self-assessment of your competencies, and see how well you are doing over time.
Set reachable priorities
They strictly prioritise. They know that there is always a lot to improve on. It doesn’t matter how good they are, there are always things they know they can improve, but they also know that trying to improve on everything at the same time means that they don’t end up improving anything. They know the most important things they have to get better at, and they know the most urgent things they have to get better at. mme moe enables you to plan your improvement in one or two specific areas at a time.
Make good plans
They don’t leave improvement to chance. They plan to improve. They break down fundamental objectives to specific targets, and they know when they need to reach identified milestones. They know they can improve in bite size chunks, and that they don't have to take a course. mme moe has great functionality for this, including the option of sharing your plans with a mentor or colleague, and getting great feedback from them.
Access great resources
Effective people know that they can’t improve significantly without the support of their community. So they make sure they resource themselves by connecting to targeted material and people. mme moe's resource functionality delivers resources specific to your prioritized area for development.
And finally, they learn what they need to learn when they need to learn it. They use their agency to get on-demand access to learning resources. They can see their improvement over time. Well, that is mme moe in a nutshell!
Paul is the Chief Learning Coach at mme moe. mme moe is the culmination of years of experience and expertise in assisting people to get better at what they do.