What I know for sure is that I don't think that another face-to-face workshop or online class will help teachers get there. To really push forward we need an infrastructure change and a change in our mindset. We can't change the infrastructure, but we can control how we interact with our colleagues. We can't do it alone. Each day I become more firmly convinced of that. We need leaders who recognize the time it takes to make a change. We need models who can muddle through messiness of teaching. We need side-by-side coaching in our classrooms. We need someone to ask the hard questions. We need to watch and learn from each other. We need to plan thoughtfully together each of our strengths lifting one another. We need each other.
Monday, March 17, 2014
Wrestling with Teacher Change
We are the experiment! You can't fly the plane while building it. Even though, they are already doing it in Europe, I will have to wait 2-3 years more until the Animas Vibe passes FDA approval in order to use it to treat my chronic disease. In education, however, there is no FAA, IRB or FDA to protect my students, my daughter or me. We will have to wait for ten years to see the results of of this educational experiment.