Thank you to Lisa Thumann for including me in this intellectual game of tag. Following the lead of Barry Bachenheimer, Lisa listed some key beliefs of her educational philosophy. With a belly full of delicious banana pancakes (thank you Fiance’), I’m going to attempt the same:
- learning should be student centered. Educators know this, but we’re often confined by curriculum, administration or simple lack of time.
- educators, just like everyone else, need to be inspired by their leaders, and supported in their quest to achieve professional excellence. This is not achieved by limiting professional development.
- a school building should be the original “educational network” (thanks to Vicki Davis for the term). Many of us communicate, share and collaborate online, while in our own schools teachers are reluctant to open their doors and their lesson plans in order to foster a community of learners.
- although Education is the business of learning, growing and changing, our society/politicians have not allowed Education to learn, grow or change as much as is needed to keep up with the 21st Century world.
- there is hope. There are many educators who love helping children learn about their world. In my opinion, that’s half the battle.