I just watched this video put up by Khan Academy and I recommend it. It is always interesting imagining what the future will be like and we are almost always wrong in our predictions. One of the main claims in the video is that creativity will be valued more in the future and we need to do a better job at teaching this creativity. I like the idea that companies that are hiring will be looking at your portfolio to see what you have created rather than grades. Sal Khan also claims that teachers will be more important in the future but that the job will be more of a coaching and mentoring job. I have always felt that the title of my job, a “teacher”, is a terrible name because it makes it sound like I am active and my students are not. What I imagine I really am is a “learning facilitator”, and that sounds like edu-jargon. Maybe in the future we will all call ourselves coaches. One prediction made by Sal was the shape of the classroom and that got me thinking. There are two social studies teachers for 8th grade in the middle school at ASIJ and it would be so cool if we shared one big classroom and worked with the kids together. I know team-teaching is not new, but I have never actually done it. I guess you’d really have to have a good teaching partner for that to be enjoyable. Watch the video and let me know what you think.