What the school system needs
to understand is that its strength lies, not in the strength of the central organization, but in the strength of the individual school, not in making one school like another, but in making each school a distinct unit. The need of the system is the preservation of its units, so that each school can keep itself alive, wide awake, responsive to its people, easily adaptable, the best of its kind. Angelo Patri -- A Schoolmaster of the Great City
Gates Foundation • Rigor •
Relevance • Relationships http://www.gatesfoundation.org/UnitedStates/Education/TransformingHighSchools/
Coalition of Essential Schools •
Learning to use one’s mind well. • Less is More, depth over coverage • Goals apply to all students • Personalization • Student-as-worker, teacher-as-coach • Demonstration of mastery • A tone of decency and trust • Commitment to the entire school • Resources dedicated to teaching and learning • Democracy and equity http://www.essentialschools.org/pub/ces_docs/about/phil/10cps/10cps.html
Disrupting Schools • Maximize human
potential. • Facilitate a vibrant, participatory democracy in which we have an informed electorate that is capable of not being “spun” by self-interested leaders. • Hone the skills, capabilities, and attitudes that will help our economy remain prosperous and economically competitive. • Nurture the understanding that people can see things differently -- and that those differences merit respect rather than persecution. Disrupting Schools, pg. 1
Christian Long’s Learning Manifesto •
“Playing Small Does Not Serve The World:” Your Brain Is Your Brand. • What Would Socrates Do? • Nobody Cares That You Walked Uphill Both Ways in the Snow. • Got Passion? If Not, I’ll Tell You What To Care About. • My Memory Is Only As Big As My Heart, Otherwise I’ll Stick With Google. • Look It Up Or Die. • Collaboration Ain’t About Holding Hands. It’s About Going Places Fast. • This Will Go Down On Your Permanent Record. • It Ain’t About the Technology, It’s About Being Inside the Story • Nobody Knows the Answer. Get Comfy With the Questions. http://thinklab.typepad.com/think_lab/2007/01/the_future_of_l.html
A Convenient And Reasonably False
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Discussion Prompt: • How do
we create curriculum in this model? • What do we teach when THIS is available 24/7? • How do you establish a link between your manifesto and your curriculum? • What does assessment look like in your model?
What is Teacher 2.0? •
How is a teacher’s life different in this model? • What are the skills necessary to teach in this world? • How do we ﬁnd new teachers? • How do we help resistant teachers to adapt?