I know I’ve been on a bit of a “common sense” jag lately when it comes to the systems and practices of schools. The way we think about curriculum is no exception.
So, to that end, just thought I’d share a video that I just came across from Larry Rosenstock of High Tech High. Because common sense.
What do you think?
Ascesnsion Learning & Development Consultants says
Brilliantly done as learning must reach all learners and cannot be one size fits all! Having been in Teaching as well as Corporate these are constant mirrors of each other and both should really think of how they are really making it happen. Are they do they actually know how?
Ann Michaelsen says
That is where we want to be! Wish we had visionary leaders at the top in Norway because I don’t think schools can do this on their own.
This is an awesome goal, and I definitely agree that this is where education needs to go. However, there is the question as to how we transform the curriculum so drastically. Does anyone have any suggestions as to what the first steps should be?
Will Richardson says
I think the first step is to state what we as individuals believe about how kids learn most powerfully and deeply and then follow those beliefs in the classroom. What they do at High Tech High is fundamentally connected to the beliefs they hold about learning. Most schools either do not articulate those beliefs, or they don’t follow what they know to be true about learning.
This thought provoking video needs to get out there and reach every teacher, every class, every law maker. Teachers nowadays are not only working overload, but they do not want to work.Their passion for teaching is long gone or in a dormant state, and this is only because the education system has done a great job telling teachers what to do and not do forgetting that teachers are learners first. Learners are curious, flexible to change, and passionate about academic discussions. However, there is little of that and a lot of standardized testing which is nothing but trying to put all different shapes in the same squared opening damaging beautiful edges on every shape.