The assignment for this week was to reflect on our teaching and to think about where we mint be in 5, 10, or 15 years from now and how education might have changed by then.
Somewhat selfishly I must admit that I am hoping to be retired in 5 years and enjoying myself without schedules, standards (well, one always needs some standards, and with far fewer meetings. Having said that, I have lots of ideas about what I want to see education be when my nieces and nephews & their little ones are in school.
While ruminating (been in a word study session with 5th graders) about my thoughts I stopped to read David Warlick’s blog, “A School that Practices Learning-Literacy”. In this post he relates discussions he had with principals and vice-principals in British Columbia. He came away with the following ideas:
So, a school that practices learning-literacy will be a school where
- The distinctions between teacher and student begin to blur.
- There is less reliance on textbooks and authority, and more reliance on the work of learning.
- There is a natural convergence between the rich information skills of literacy and numeracy and the information and data that define the content areas.
- Teachers teach from new learning, as master learners.
- Digital Footprints become a central part of the school’s culture, building evolving personal and school identities based on learning and “doing” with the learning.
- The library magnifies the world outside, but also reflects the culture inside, curating collections of learner produced media products.
- Where learners learn, teachers model learning, and the school teaches the community.
There you go. I would add that I would like to see a huge Learning Commons. Library kitted out with areas for creating videos, audios, other presentation needs; books (yes REAL books); areas for kickin’ back with a good book; areas for working together; areas for sharing books – book talks – poetry slams; and lots of teachers, librarians (who are teachers by the way), tech integrationists, parents, and experts from the community when needed. All around the LC would be the learning support folks, counselors, and admin. All roads leading to and from the Learning Commons so to speak.
I would visit there. Maybe read or tell a story or two. Perhaps give a book talk or help students with a project. In between all my retirement projects.