I’ve been asked a few times recently about my view of the future for Alburnett. First, I say remember life is a marathon, not a sprint. Second, I say our biggest enemy is “status quo.” So when we put these two concepts together, we get a continuous committment toward growth and improvement. Does it mean that past practice was wrong? No. Does it mean that we are doing a poor job of educating? No. Does it mean that we should always talk about adapting education to a changing world? Yes!
“The problem today is that what was good for 25 years ago is not good enough in this rapidly changing world.” ~ Tony Wagner, Harvard University educator and author of The Global Achievement Gap
“Traditional classrooms…really don’t reach every child, not because of teachers, not because of anything the teacher is doing, so much as the actual physical structure of the room.” ~ David Thornburg, award-winning futurist and author
I try to always remind myself that our yesterday is not their tomorrow. If I am not constantly challenging myself to learn new techniques and change my approach, in our world today I’m not just standing still, I’m going backwards.
So, when I think about a vision for our future, I see educators who are facilitating, not directing student learning. I see project based, real-world problem solving. I see students who can think critically, communicate effectively, collaborate with others, and analyze information. And I see that in any given classroom, at any given time, the people working hardest are the students.
That does not mean that I don’t see all those things right now at Alburnett! It’s happening here already. I look forward to being part of a community of educators who are not afraid to challenge themselves to adapt as the complex world around us continues to change.