In the history of education, our kids TODAY have more opportunities than ever before to connect, learn, and co create new knowledge with other classrooms, organizations, and experts from around the globe. Through these connections, our kids TODAY, have more opportunities to make an impact in this world and make it a better place for generations to come.
I see a shift in schools, from being solely “dispensers of knowledge” to, instead, helping students learn how THEY can apply their learning in a real world context. I see a shift in schools from focusing solely on test scores – to fostering and measuring the whole child.
In my mind, our challenge is “How do we “do school” efficiently to incorporate these shifts and effectively measure success?” Its going to take a different school system than we have TODAY as we can not continue to add these new shifts to traditional paradigms.
There is never enough time! TODAY, we need to evaluate and challenge how we currently use our time in education. TODAY, we need to create new ways to evaluate and measure student success – beyond the test score. And TODAY, we need leaders in our schools with a mindset to challenge these traditional paradigms to support and create a better, more efficient way to “do school” in order to support every learner.
Who is up for the challenge TODAY?
I will leave you with this quote – tweeted last week by @justintarte that really hit home in my thinking… I hope to use this blog in the weeks to come to share ideas of how we can challenge (and ACT upon) these paradigms. Stay tuned!