Tag: #edwhy

More Reflections on Why

Another impact of the Simon Sinek book Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action is that I have been giving thought to how I could put my why into one concise, easily understood statement. While not ready to declare it as final, the following is the current incarnation:

To facilitate meaningful and engaging learning experiences that equip students to reach their dreams.

Here are a few key elements:

  1. Facilitate–my role is to provide tools, training, resources needed for learning.
  2. Meaningful–meaning is a highly personal thing, and we should look for and offer diverse learning opportunities and technologies reflective of the outside world
  3. Engaging–while digital learning tools are exciting to a large percentage of kids, they do not equal engagement by default. The focus still needs to be on powerful classroom practice that pulls learners in.
  4. Experiences–with a nod to John Dewey, learning is most effective within the context of powerful experiences. Do the technologies and strategies I promote create these?
  5. Equip…their dreams–we as educators are beholden to standards. Goals for our students are dictated from ivory towers and governments. Ultimately, however, I think most of us could see no higher level of success than if our students returned to us to tell us of big dreams we inspired and how they achieved those dreams.

Finally, another thought hit me yesterday: What would it look like if we taught our kids to articulate their whys? How might making these concrete affect how our students approach learning? Would our schools even fit their whys at all?

Innaugural #edwhy and #edwhatif Chat Storified

Below find the chat logs from tonight’s first ever #edwhy and #edwhatif chats. Not a huge response the first time out (Okay, very small.), but that’s not a problem–I believe it will be worthwhile, because we need to question things in our field if anything is ever going to change for the better.

Besides, I’m a longtime blogger–I’m used to talking to myself! 🙂

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Invitation to Question

#edwhyAs I continue to work my way through A More Beautiful Question, I had an inspiration. I’d like to start a regular Twitter chat that focuses on two questions: “Why?” and “What if?” The why question will focus on questioning anything and everything about the way that schools operate today. The what if question will focus on plotting change. We pick an issue or two each week, ask questions, try to find answers, then explore alternatives. The hashtags will be #edwhy and #edwhatif. The first chat will take place Monday night, May 26th, at 8:00 PM CST. I’ve created a Google Doc for you to submit ideas for #edwhy questions to discuss. Please take a few minutes and help get this started by submitting your ideas.

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