This week I am preparing for a job interview and have spent a lot of time in the last few weeks reflecting on my school, my staff and the things that have been accomplished in the short time I have been in the building. I am not saying that I have accomplished these things, because that is definitely not the case. These things have been accomplished by a team of very dedicated and forward thinking people. Wow am I ever lucky!
I spent part of my Easter break doing some web surfing and reading and trying to reconnect with my passion for technology in education. There really is nothing that I like to focus on more than that. I was reading some posts on Will Richardson’s site and I came across an older post of his about bold schools and old schools. It got me thinking about what we are trying to create here. When I reflect back to the progress we have made in the past few years I am certain that what we have here is a bold school. He lists 9 qualities shared by what he is terming “a bold school”. The qualities range from learning centered to provocative. Check out the post for the complete list.
Looking back over the three years that I have been lucky enough to be working in this school with this staff we have made much progress on becoming a bold school. We have slowly but surely embraced technology and different teaching methods that are more authentic to the learners we are working with today. We have survived a lot of change and struggled to make sense of new curricular outcomes and new assessment strategies. We have stepped up and committed to action research projects that have helped us move toward embracing technology use in our classrooms in many forms and we have tried to step back and turn more of the learning happening in our classrooms over to the students.
Our next goal is to move toward project based learning, which seems the next logical step in our progression. We are looking at our curricular outcomes and where the commonalities might lie, but right now we have many questions…
- How can we timetable to accommodate project based learning?
- How can we support each other on our continued journey from familiar to unfamiliar territory?
- How can we prepare and engage our students to meet the needs of the changing world they are a huge part of?
- How can we engage our reluctant students?
Any suggestions as to how to keep moving on our journey from old to bold?
We are definitely bold baby and we are not going back!