A new school year will soon be upon us and our students. Another opportunity to touch the future. There have been many discussions this summer about things to do in the classroom or with the classroom. Get rid of the teacher desk...get rid of desks...add a Maker element...20% time (or even 1% time)...Read more...Write more...make a video....alternative assessment....throw out grades...self grading...student voice...student choice....PBL...SBG....TLAP....Skype....Vox....Tweet....
They may be scary, change is scary. They may be difficult, or just "out there" or we may fail, but we need to "Make School Different". How do we do this....one step at a time
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Start with one thing. And remember what the Mythbusters always say, "Failure is always an option." We don't always get things perfect the first time, so keep in mind iteration & growth mindset. Learn daily, our students do. Try something new, our students do.
When I was reading "Readicide" I kept thinking about the Oakland Raiders/Al Davis motto..."Just Win Baby", but paraphrased to "Just Read Baby" and Nike's "Just Do It". We all need to "Take a Chance"
for our students...for the future, because you "can't solve problems with the same thinking that created them" (Einstein) and if we only teach them as much as we know, society doesnt progress.