Think Differently

1I was fortunate earlier this month to listen to Heidi Hayes Jacobs present at a conference. She asked us “How can we prepare our learners for the future” a question all of us, regardless of our role in education ponder. She went on to point out that “Learners create and share knowledge differently than in previous generations” but yet we continue to do things in a similar fashion. If we are going to prepare students for the jobs of their future, not our past we do need to do things differently.

What is something you can do differently to help prepare students for the ever-changing world we live in?

2Another topic that resonated with me was the Program Structure Continuum and the three clusters of pedagogy. They are:

  1. Antiquated—What do we cut?
  2. Classical—-What do we keep?
  3. Contemporary—What do we create?

Although the text speaks directly towards curriculum, these three clusters can be applied across the board in all that we do in education. What is “antiquated” that we can eliminate? Just because we always did it, does not mean we always need to continue doing it. What is “classical” and we need to keep? There are parts of lessons and traditions that need to be kept because they have stood the test of time. And finally what is “contemporary” and we need to create? Regardless of what our roles are we need to always be looking for ways to improve what we do and make it current and relevant.

Think of a unit that you teach what do you need to cut, keep, and create?

3As Winter Break comes to an end shortly, we come back to school recharged and invigorated. How do we maintain that momentum to have a greater positive impact on our students? What can we do differently to impact our students?