Monday, March 24, 2008

New Video and Rethinking...

Great video I just discovered--it's a response to Karl Fisch's Did You Know . Did You Know is the most important education-related video of the last 2-3 years, imho. I think every educator, every administrator, every school board member should watch it--more than once. If you haven't watched it yet, watch it now and then perhaps read (or listen to, like I did) Thomas Friedman's The World is Flat 3.0 . It will change your outlook--I promise.

Anyway, I found this new (to me) video, called Mr. Winkle Wakes, on Scott McLeod & Fisch's shifthappens wiki, as I was trying to reinvigorate/refocus myself before returning to school tomorrow after spring break. How true it is! How wrong that it is true...



I'm left again with the question how do I foster the needed changes in my school community? Modeling doesn't seem to cut it because the most resistant teachers (and we have a lot of them) seem to think that I know how to do these things, but they could never learn. I (as librarian) have "so much more time" than they do--they can't possibly "fit it in." After school/conference period trainings are ill-attended. Administrator doesn't want to "bother" the teachers with things like Fisch's video--"we just ask so much of them anyway--we can't put another thing on their plates." Teachers are under so much pressure to focus on state testing to the exclusion of any other authentic learning/evaluation.

I've so far failed to ignite change in my school. That's clear.
What are your ideas about effecting change so that our students really are being prepared for their own future? What are you doing in your schools???

2 comments:

Mathew said...

Thank you for checking out the movie. It is indeed new.

In regards to your question, I would suggest always going after the early adopters and helping them to make links between the curriculum they're already teaching and the technology. Once other teachers see the products that the early adopters' students produce there will be a few reluctant technologists who will step up and that number will grow exponentially. This is not to say that there won't be hold-outs, there will be. However, you can begin to change things slowly over time.

jamie said...

True! Thanks for the encouragement!