Summer is such a wonderful opportunity for us to grow, to learn, to reflect, and to dream. What will you do differently next year? What are you excited to try? What is something that you tried last year and will never, ever do again?
As you begin planning for next year, take time to think about the bigger picture of education – what’s working and what needs to be changed. How can you make an impact beyond your classroom? How can you share your successes and connect with others?George Couros recently posted 2 Questions to Guide Long-term Learning in Classrooms. These questions can help us move past the latest tech tool or the newest “quick fix” and push us to start having deep conversations about the future of education.
It’s difficult to visualize the distant future – especially when the present is all that we have known. Redesigning the current model of school will not be the result of a “quick fix.” It will be the result of brave and tireless educators doing what they know is best – each and every day – and sharing it. From this, we can begin to build a new system.
But, it won’t happen overnight. We are programmed to want a quick return on our effort, and we want immediate and tangible proof that what we are doing is working. But we can’t let our need for short-term data – like test scores – overshadow the importance of achieving meaningful long term results – like building character and problem solving.
What will your students create next year? Instead of celebrating test scores…celebrate with a Genius Hour Fair. How will you empower students to have a positive impact? Instead of asking them to complete assignments that only you will see…connect students with experts in the community and let them experience authentic collaboration. When we change what we measure and value, we change the system.
Not everything can and should be measured. Be a long-term agent of change. Build organizations and systems that will get better and more productive with time. Plant seeds that will grow and flourish for years to come. Isn’t that more satisfying than a “quick fix?”