"As simple as these sound, they provided us a safe, predictable set of questions that became habits of mind, a way to pause and reflect before engaging in something else." How are we making decisions for what we are teaching in our classrooms? Who is doing the work...and for whom?
"Students need to understand that learning isn't neat: It can be messy, unpredictable, and full of exhilarating challenges." "The difference between compliant and engaged learners surfaces in a range of school activities." How do you engage learners in your content areas?
"Co-constructing knowledge means giving up the myself and them role of teacher and students and fully embracing the wonder and journey of us." Learning is social and yet often we rely on the teacher as being the sole owner of the knowledge. Is that even relevant in our current world where information is abundant? How can we involve students in inquiry that drives the learning process?
"We encourage out-of-the-box thinking while restricting our teachers to in-the-box teaching and assessing it with in-the- box tests. We want our students to be innovative, but require them to be compliant with teaching methods of the past." Is our focus really preparing students to be LIFE-ready? What skills do we need to develop in learners to help them prepare for their future?