This first week back to school has me energized and it also has me curious. Through my learning walks, conversations with colleagues and the readings/videos I’ve paid attention to this week on social media, I have a lot of questions that have been rattling around in my head. Questions that I do not have the answers to and questions I realize hold bias based on my current knowledge (and belief) on trends in education, but here they are:
- How we will continue to move the bold mission and vision of our school forward when the current system that is universally accepted (by colleges, parents, students and teachers) is flawed?
- How will we leave room for wonder and opportunity to question, experiment and network in ALL classes?
- What if we acknowledge that the learning outside the classroom is valuable, too?
- What if we stopped communicating to our students that “learning” should come from a teacher inside a classroom? That’s schooling not learning. How does that possibly foster life-long learners?
- What if we spent less time talking about how we grade students and spent more time creating authentic challenges and opportunities that invite feedback and foster a growth mindset?
- What if we engaged in professional learning communities around what it even means to grade and how that is very different than assessment?
- How might we help adults see the value, the brilliance, the untapped creativity that lives within our youth?
- What latent biases and assumptions do we as individuals and societies hold that prevent us from moving the needle forward on providing the most authentic, contextualized, relevant learning experiences that put learners at the center?
- How might we graduate students who create jobs rather than look for jobs? What would this require of us as educators? What would we have to let go of to make that a reality? Which content would we deem life worthy learning? How would we decide?