Guest blogger Dan Rehman shares how to make a vision a reality in a school district. What is your vision and how do you make it happen?
Knowing that change continues to grow more imminent, I will watch, listen and respond to the needs of all the members of my team to the best of my abilities. It's hard to shift practices that we have all grown comfortable with wearing that skin. It's time to shed it and emerge stronger as a team. New years are exciting. It's time to capitalize on the excitement and move forward in a sustainable and meaningful way.
Even though I sometimes feel like I'm not doing enough, when I put my learning down on paper and reread it to myself, I know I'm in the right place. I have a lot to learn, but that is truly exciting and the longer I'm here, the more the teachers and students are opening up to me. They are taking more risks. They are using social media and other technology. I'm proud to be a part of this team (even though I will always miss MY kids). So it looks like never came a lot sooner than I expected and ...
One of the beautiful things about reading is what our imaginations do while we do it. We deeply engage in the world, imagining what it would be like and as soon as a director makes it concrete, that world is suddenly tainted unless it is aligned with our own thought process. It seems that when the author is involved in the making of the movie, it is almost always better than if they aren't.
Being able to share conversations with students about literature they are drawn is a great passion of mine. Teenagers still love to read, they just haven't been given enough permission or choice in school usually to go after the genres or content that appeals to them. We need to find ways to allow students to read what interests them and teach them the skills they need through that content. This is how we will develop a real love and passion for reading that will grow as students grow.
There are many things we can learn from the magical world from the bravery and tenacity of the students at Hogwarts, I fear that the classroom learning is a bit unbalanced. It breaks my heart to write any kind of negative critique of novels I love so much, but the characterization of the educational system is definitely not one we should emulate.
Holiday movies offer opportunities to talk about family traditions, charity, making good choices, being a good person and treating other people the way we wish to be treated. In these times of judgment and misunderstanding, it is a great idea to engage in meaningful conversations about what we value in the world and using a movie to do that can be just the right kind of an ice-breaker for students of all ages.
Whether we talk about the how or why of assessment, it always comes back to the communication of learning and different things that dilute that discussion.
How can we continue to develop a culture of transparency and change while still respecting those who aren't where we need them to be yet?
If active learning works for younger learners, why wouldn't it work for adult learners?