We need to stop pretending:
1. We are meeting our students' needs. We do a really good job of giving lip service to doing this. We know the buzzwords, we know what to say if our administrators ask, but are we really doing all we can do? I don't think so. Do we have a mix
2. We are tapping into #stuvoice. Have we asked our students to reflect on their learning in our class, encouraged them to share with us and then actually used that reflection to make meaningful change in our classroom? Most teachers plan out class and lessons never giving one second to student voice and then wonder why there is push back or why they are constantly acting up and then off task. Not only will asking for feedback from students give them a sense of empowerment, but it will help them invest more in class. The trick is after you ask for it, you have to USE the feedback!
3. We walk the walk. If you are reading this, you are a connected educator, but according to one of the #edtechchat podcasts I listened to this weekend, there are over 7 million educators in this country and only about 400,000 of them are connected. Does it mean you aren't learning if you aren't connected? No, but you are severely limiting your learning if you are not connected. Are you modeling your learning for your students? Are you taking what you learn back to class the next day? Are you truly the
5. We are meeting the needs of our teachers. Are we offering organic PD that stems from teacher passion? Are we encouraging and providing an environment where self-directed PD is valued? Are we devoting time to all skill levels? Are we providing PD that is meaningful and differentiated? Are we using sit and get to learn how differentiated, engaging instruction needs to be how we reach the students? Are we encouraging risk taking and then allowing the teachers to model that for the students? Are we encouraging outside the box thinking? Are we excited for teachers of all skill levels when they master a new skill, add a new tool that moves them up the SAMR model?
I'm not trying to inply that we are failing all of our students and all of our teachers, but I feel like if there's more that we can be doing to reach more students and teachers, then we NEED to do that!