I’m naturally shy around people I don’t know. It usually takes me a little while to warm up and get comfortable. So if you asked me to blog and network online with other educators, a year ago, I probably would have freaked out. The weird part is, it has been something I’ve secretly wanted to do for a few years but it just didn’t work out when I tried. Something I’ve done though is blog for my parents at school but I haven’t done is blog for myself.
Let me just get this off my chest first - I’m a Pinterest lover and have been since I got my account in 2011. There is just something about scrolling through hundreds of pictures, finding the picture you like and then pinning it – it just gets me all excited. Do you know the feeling I’m talking about?
Challenge accepted! Here is our Buddy Blog. I graciously agreed to be David Caruthers blogging buddy for this post - it was great to connect with him. We choose to blog about The 8 Things to Look for in Today’s Classroom. David's part is more of a reflection on 2 of these characteristic as he am not currently in the classroom.
David Carruthers, Technology Coordinator for the Thames Valley District School Board located in London, Ontario.
Critical Thinkers: I recently wrote a blog post where I drew a comparison between compliance and engagement. I suggested that many students in school today, are simply “doing school”. In others words, they are complying with the instructions provided by their teachers, following the rules, and doing what is expected. Essentially, they are fitting into a mold, resigning themselves to what it means to be a student within the context of most schools today.
“Leaders are meant to unleash talent by bringing their people’s strengths to life, not ignoring them.”
This resonated well with me and it made me think of a conference I attended last week. Sir Ken Robison was the keynote speaker, at my conference, and he was telling a story about - The Beatles. More specifically, Paul McCartney or Paul as he called him, and how Paul’s elementary music teacher told him he was not good at music.
I began pondering student thinking this week and how we foster it in education.
Last year I began providing my students with more opportunities to think. But not just think...I wanted them to think critically and be observers of their world.
How do you create or build on these conditions to support innovation? What has been the impact on those you serve?
2. What are your connections to the “School vs Learning image? What would you add or modify?
I'm going to take that question in a little bit different direction. But I've been pondering the School vs Learning image since I saw it last Friday. Actually, I have been mulling over the whole chapter - engage vs. empower.