During the last couple of weeks I have had the opportunity to attend 2 interesting events: our Board’s PLP kickoff session and a K-12 briefing with IBM. In some ways one might think these event would have little in common. However, in looking at effective teaching and leadership, there was a list of common elements which included: a focus on student needs, learning, collaboration, networking & relationships.
Reflecting upon these events, I found that I was left with one major question.
What would teaching look like today if all faculties of education primarily focused training on
- building communities, both face to face (i.e. classroom) and online (extension of classroom) and
- inquiry & research based, collaborative learning and problem solving
as the key strategies to address the various literacies required to today’s student? Where would we be today?