The time of school change is upon us and for some the feeling associated with that is dread. Resistance is a natural response to change forcing one out of their comfort zone. However, change is a necessity especially in light of the fact that without the willingness to change we will be passed over by others that are embracing it.
When I think about educational change I cannot help but think about one of my teachers from high school (for the purposes of this post I will refer to him as Mr. Smith). Mr. Smith was my calculus teacher in school and he was a fantastic teacher with many years of experience teaching high level math. One day I came into school and told him that I was likely going to be missing quite a bit of school due to contracting mono and I asked him if there was anything that I could do while I was out. At that point he opened up his ancient lesson planner, a book that he had held onto proudly since he first started teaching, and proceeded to read out to me each of the assignments he was going to be giving for the next three weeks. At the time I remember thinking, “man, this guy is really organized” but now I am not so sure I agree with that sentiment. Now I question whether maintaining the same plans year after year and never deviating is in the best interest of students. Mr. Smith was a very effective teacher when I had him as a student (at least in my eyes) but though the material of calculus has not changed much since the time of Newton and Leibniz something has changed; students and the way they learn.
The video below does not speak directly to education, but it does present an idea that applies to education and the trends that we are now experiencing in it.
- What do you feel is the primary message in this video?
- How can the message of this video be applied to your job?
Please post your thoughts and comments so we can have some discussion. Thanks for reading.