I’m writing as I listen to George Couros (@gcouros), Dave Burgess (@burgessdave), and Katie Martin (@KatieMTLC), in discussion on day one of the Innovator’s Mindset MOOC: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QYzHeWH7Hzk.
I say listening, because the video is adding nothing to the process, unlike Ted Talks as podcasts, where they remind you that the talks “contain powerful visuals”. (However, I do like Dave’s pirate headscarf!)
As a learner, this is NOT meeting my needs, and I had to either begin this blog, or return to my Jigsaw Sudoku page to occupy that other part of my brain.
How many times do we do this to our students? Wouldn’t note-taking, doodling, walking around, watching images, be helpful? Instead, we assume that listening is sufficient.
So, the question George asks Katie: “Can all teachers innovate?”, is answered by a resounding “yes”. However, some teachers may be innovating in a negative way by asking students to put away their phones, providing MORE handouts, and pushing the “play” button on the wealth of video that can now replace their personal instruction.
George is also assuming that I as a Principal change my teachers, not that they change themselves. I don’t get to know my staff, and then change them. I get to know my staff, and then coach them to the change that THEY want to make. We need to differentiate our work with our staff, just as we do with our students. Assuming that we will change the school by changing all the teachers is the same as assuming that our students will ALL learn at the same pace and to the same end.
As Katie and George head to listeners’ questions, what sticks with me is Katie’s comment that we need to change to a more flexible, competency-based system. This resonates, is the change that I would love see, and I look forward to hearing more from her!!