I don’t write much about education these days because much of what I say is so counter to what is being said that it is perceived as abrasive.
This will no doubt fall into that category but it comes from the purest of intent: get you to think a bit differently.
So here it is…
Social media and education outlets are full of chatter about students needing to build, create, design, innovate, collaborate, go global, be public, do big things, transform the world, etc..
I couldn’t agree more. But here is the thing: how many of the adults in your school/district are doing this themselves regularly? How many of them are pushing the status quo in their professional and personal life? How many are growth and change minded?
The number will directly correlate to the number of students experiencing these things in the classroom.
In other words, none of this will happen systemically if the adults aren’t living it themselves. Leaders – align the expectations of students with the same expectations of teachers or you’ll never see systemic change.