As it turned out, I was not home on January 1, 2011 so I will take this opportunity to wish everyone a Happy New Year. I typically do not create a big list of New Year resolutions, but at this point in my life, I will commit to focusing my efforts on some key things.
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?