Regular readers here know that I listen to a small library of curated podcasts as I walk my dog Lucy in the early morning. It’s part of my personal learning plan.
Many of you may be way ahead of me on this recommended listen, but I recently added Tom Whitby (@TomWhitby) and Nancy Blair’s (@BlairTeach) #EdChat Radio podcast to my queue. In 10-12 minutes Tom and Nancy recap the recent topic of discussion from that week’s #EdChat, and they include a visitor or interviewee to add additional perspective and commentary.
For me, it’s quickly become a #MustListen. The sessions are concise catalysts for critical topics in education and learning. Check it out.
This week’s slot with Angela Maiers (@angelamaiers) about “20% time” and “Genius Hour” is a fantastic thought provoker about cultivating learner curiosity and creating intentional space and time for scaling innovative practices.
I had an “aha” moment today. While doing a deep re-study of Tony Wagner’s _Creating Innovators_, I’ve been tweeting some notes, insights, and questions. Andrew Carle answered back and pointed to the “lie” behind our “learner-centered” language. For me, this short string is a major R&D area!
Note: I’m learning how to export Storify to WordPress. I’ll get better at it. Anyway, I share this collection of tweets in hopes of inviting more people into this reflection, discussion, and R&D.
How might we move forward on the big ideas of “student-centered” and learner-centered?” As long as the teachers are the primary curators of departmentalized content knowledge, how will we get to the type of Edu 3.0 learning environments that seem essential for transforming “content-delivery systems” into “creativity-and-innovation facilitation labs?”
But if we as educators leave behind this simple role as disseminators of content and embrace a new paradigm as cultivators of curiosity and inquiry, we just might bring a little bit more meaning to their school day, and spark their imagination.
Two years ago, at EduCon 2.4, I was privileged to meet Steve Goldberg (@SteveG_TLC). Steve is a visionary educator and activator. In August, Steve and a team of others will open Triangle Learning Community in Durham, NC.
The three-minute video below overviews the form and function of TLC. And it also serves as a catalyst for re-thinking some of our assumptions about how “school” has to be structured. I appreciate so much that Steve lives out a profound idea – humans created “school,” so we can also re-imagine it, recreate it, and remodel it.
Along with new start-up schools, though, I deeply hope that long-standing schools with lengthier histories are also re-imagining school, recreating school, remodeling school. At the very least, I hope that we are engaging in such design exercises. If they reveal that our current structure and system is the best, then so be it. But what if school could be even better?! Shouldn’t we be willing to do that research and design, so that we can know more certainly, more confidently. Not let habit and assumption blind us to possibility.
You can also learn more about TLC at the school website and Steve’s great blog.