As typical of edcamps I have a large number of takeaways that I want to explore, but as atypical, I left a bit discouraged today because good education can't just be a volunteer effort--there has to be the support of the greater community to uplift our schools to be dynamic places where students come together to learn and apply their learning in meaningful ways every day. The educators at today's event are doing an awesome job to uplift education for each and every student--it was amazing to hear about the efforts in place, but it's clear we need more support from taxes and governmental agencies to create an education system that is top-notch, the kind of education system where children learn in environments like the terrific Microsoft space, and the kind of education system where there is enough funding and enough people to put into place what we now know about optimal teaching and learning, the kind of teaching and learning that changes lives and builds great nations.
So as I heard about so many terrific ways to support students, I wondered about how I would get the time and support to implement those ideas. Ideas that include the following:
- A shift in science teaching from understanding scientific knowledge, facts, and ideas as intentional to probabilistic.
- Teaching that demonstrates greater understanding of and connection to cognitive research.
- Deep understanding of cognitive dissonance, and application of that knowledge in order to build stronger teams and embed optimal change.
- Greater use of assistive technology and one-to-one supports to help students gain essential skills in meaningful and useful ways.
- Reading and applying the information of so many great books such as A More Beautiful Question and The Human Side of School Change.
- Use of studio habits of mind to build better learning and application
- Learning more about computational thinking via the use of SCRATCH with interdisciplinary application and as a storytelling tool.
As always I can see far more than I can do, but I recognize that getting better and doing more is a step-by-step endeavor. Onward.