Feb 7, 2011

Today is different…

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Much of the conversation in the edububble talks about where we are today.  What we need to be teaching and structuring our classes like today.  I want to push that.

What is the classroom going to look like, operate like and be in 20 years?

It is not enough that we talk 21st Century Skills, we need to be creating the ethic for 21.5 Century schooling.

If we don’t start today thinking about tomorrow, we’ll find our students here again. Another today different then yesterday, but longing to be taught for tomorrow.

6 Comments

  • where did u get that photo?

    • I took it. If you’d like to use it feel free.

  • I got the blog addy from someone dear to both of us and I will say; I am impressed and totally know what you are feeling trying to change the way students are “taught” and how to convince others that it really is worth the effort and experimentation. We spend so long with our doors closed and not sharing our successes in case they will be perceived as bragging; or premature.
    I will continue to read and enjoy your journey now that mine has ended with that phase of my life.
    By the by – another grammatical error – the word should be than, not then. Could not resist. Spelling and grammar errors yell out at me.
    Take care.

    • Carol Anne,
      Thanks so much for coming by and reading through my blog. It is but a reflection of some of my thoughts. The grammar mistake, all mine. 🙂
      Next time we get together, I’d love to hear your thoughts. I find it encouraging that I am not alone and my concerns are not new. It is, however, discouraging that we are still fighting against some ‘traditions’ that don’t make pedagogical sense. Why does our profession continue to raise and encourage sheep rather than risk-takers and extreme innovators?
      Thanks for reading. Hope to see you soon!
      Cheers,
      Scott

  • The system DOES produce risk takers and innovators – you are proof of that. The reality is that the world can handle so many of them and sheep are needed.
    Sometimes the changes are not seen until the students reach adulthood and then the lessons/skills are used and they come back and say, “Thank you for doing that or saying that – it changed my life”
    You can work in the system and make change. The ones you have to listen to are your students. They determine how you address issues and move them towards independent learning and a desire/thirst for knowledge. Some get it sooner in some areas and of course some do not seem to have grown at all unless we look at their wholeness; not just in their school personae
    Even sheep adapt to some degree and take charge/risks. You cannot mold your fellow teachers so easily; only walk before and hope some follow. Don’t look behind in case you see the way some are looking at you. It will be too discouraging.Let your small successes rule your actions and give you satisfaction.
    Hope to see you soon.
    CA

    • Carol Anne,
      It is always great to hear from you and I agree wholeheartedly. I do worry though about how many students walk away from school without that transformative experience only to continue the cycle of ignorance, illiteracy and negativity. I worry about the culture of teachers that accept mediocrity and push teachers into the realm of cynics. I worry because I believe we can be better when we are asked to be better. I am impatient when it comes to change, because I don’t understand why we’d ever not be pushing to be better.
      And alas, this is where I am exploring my ideas and thoughts. Thanks for contributing to the conversation.
      Hope to see you soon.
      Cheers,
      Scott

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