Things I know
- Technology isn't going to make a bad teacher a good teacher.
- Using tech to do the exact same things we've done without tech isn't productive.
- Teachers don't like change.
- Anything that comes from the district office is treated like a mandate and resisted.
- "How do I use this?" is the wrong question.
- "Why should I use this?" is a better question.
- Professional development in the way of workshops isn't very effective.
- Conversations are.
Questions I have
- Where does assessment/grading fit into this conversation?
- Are we looking to transform what we do in the classroom?
- Why should anyone listen to what I have to say?
- Where do I start?
I'm not really interested in throwing a bunch of tools into the laps of teachers. However, I'm very interested in engaging in conversations with teachers about why we do what we do and questioning whether or not there exists a tool that will help us do things better. I threw a bunch of these questions in the lap of my IT director and found myself sitting before our superintendent of curriculum and instruction.
I can't imagine the meeting going better. It was great to see someone with 40+ years in education saying that we need to look at what we do and why we do it. Many of the questions I had, she had as well. One thing we knew for sure was that this vision is fluid and we are in the process of creating it. Questions are encouraged. Push back is needed. Transparency is critical.
Lots of rope. Hope I don't hang myself with it.