#makeschooldifferent

phsstageMaking today’s school relevant to the needs and wants (yes, I said wants) of today’s students needs to start with the adults who work for the kids.  The narrative of the school has to change.  It cannot be told by the adults in a first person vernacular.  We, the educators have to learn that our part in the learning process is to help set the stage for student learning, not dictate it. The “I” part of the story needs to disappear from all parts of the process except for in the students role.  “I do not have to make all of the decisions.”  “I do not have to be the only source of information.”  “I am not the expert and my role is to facilitate.”  “WE are only as good as we let the students be!”  The change starts at the top of the school organization.  The leaders in the process must model for the staff and the learning community.  Like the teacher in the classroom, the leader needs to do all that can be done to set the stage, provide for the conditions needed, and work on getting out of the way.

2 thoughts on “#makeschooldifferent

  1. I love this part in particular:

    We, the educators have to learn that our part in the learning process is to help set the stage for student learning, not dictate it. The “I” part of the story needs to disappear from all parts of the process except for in the students’ role.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Dave!

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