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By Adam Inder and Louise Hall.
Invitational Education Theory seeks to “provide a means of intentionally summoning people to realise their relatively boundless potential in all areas of worthwhile human endeavour” (Purkey & Novak 2015). Such a bold task can appear daunting, but the complexity is made simple (‘simplexity’) through the compelling framework of Invitational Education. Embedded within the framework are five ‘Elements’ – areas of focus which detail what it means to have an inviting approach towards oneself and others. These elements are intentionality, care, optimism, respect and trust – often collectively abbreviated as I-CORT.
Embedding the elements of I-CORT into one’s operation as a teacher may seem like common sense to some; wielding one or more of these elements within the classroom may even come naturally to you. The key behind an invitational stance is that it is most effective when it is intentional, which is why intentionality precedes the rest of the elements of Invitational Theory. Purkey & Novak state that “intentionality can be a tremendous asset for educators and others in the helping professions, for it is a constant reminder of what is truly important in human service” (Purkey & Novak 2015). To be ‘nice’ or to be ‘friendly’ is not what it means to be I-CORT – to take I-CORT as a simple concept rather than a ‘simplex’ concept can be a mistake which leads to a lack of effectiveness.
Read the rest of the article on Education Today at http://www.educationtoday.com.au/article/Feedback-as-a-focus-1469 or download as a PDF here.
Performed by Viviann Nou, Kaiza Metuariki, Porscha Gurung and Diamond Angel-Lawrence
The song was written a good morning song for students in Invitational Education schools by Dr Sarah M. Butzin an award-winning teacher, academic and author in the USA. Dr Butzin is the creator of Project CHILD instructional system and the founder of the Institute for School Innovation in Tallahassee, Florida. The intentionality of care, optimism, respect and trust (I-CORT) helps to ensure each member of the school is contributing to a positive school climate.
Special thanks to Luke Tucker, Aaeisha Padshah (Year 7) and Ellie Hoyer for their outstanding contributions to this video
The book by Hattie and Zierer, 10 Mindframes for Visible Learning (2018) is a focus for school improvement at Clarkson in 2018 linking invitational theory to the thinking that is necessary to make the learning visible. Visible Learning is about the thinking teachers do to make the learning more effective in the classroom.
Our preliminary work using Mindframes to create a greater focus on intentionality has shown that there is significant improvement in engagement and outcomes when both teacher and learner have a clear understanding of the intention of the lesson and its delivery.