What are our students capable of? The sky is the limit, really. I had to share this video of what one student has done to make an impact. Amazing stuff. . .
Where will you take your students? How capable will you believe they are? Do you communicate with your students the sky is the limit? Or do you simply limit them with pen and paper persecution; condemned to the tedium of past teaching methods? I am sure if Thomas Suarez was not encouraged by those around him to reach for his dreams, to take a risk, these apps would not be created. How often do we look at our learning environment with a critical inner eye? Is our environment about the children learning or is it about our way of teaching? Do we say, I am a good teacher and these students need to get used to my teaching? Or do we look for ways to meet the needs of all students in our classroom? I posted this link earlier but it has been a tough week as we have completed report cards and is a question that begs reflection regularly as we "assess" students "our way" and often forget that we may need to flex the way we assess to meet the needs of the little ones in our care.
As Will Richardson blogged,
But I’m thinking it’s time to call some of these old school habits out and ask, “are we really doing what’s best for kids, or are we doing what’s easiest for us?”
Is it better for our kids to be grouped by chronological age, or is it just easier for us?
Is it better for our kids to separate out the disciplines, or is it just easier for us?
Is it better for our kids to give every one of them pretty much the same curriculum, or is it just easier for us?
Is it better for our kids to turn off all of their technology in school, or is it just easier for us?
Is it better for our kids that we assess everyone the same way, or is it just easier for us?
Is it better for our kids for us to decide what they should learn and how they should learn it, or is it just easier for us?
So, are we in the business of easy? Or do we want to find ways to do this education thing in ways that best serve our kids given the realities of this moment?