It’s weird and cool that many people are thinking about similar things as you RIGHT THIS MOMENT.
Bedouin Related Memes:
There has been some really interesting posts coming from this blog lately, and today’s post was another example of that. I just have two things to say: 1. I don’t use blogger anymore, and therefore I can’t add my comments. I really don’t like that about blogger! 2. I think Lynch gives a really good opening: No matter how techie we become, the teacher will never be replaced. We will always need the human touch.
But what I really liked from his post was his call for reinvention. The Concept of School must change.
That four walls thing we have going now… it’s gotta become a thing of the past.
Then there’s Doug Noon over at Borderland. He recently posted about Working on a Change Gang.
"Schools, at virtually any level, will need to be virtually and interactively linked to an extensive array of external resources. This means that the “traditional” board, markers and OHP will need to give way to additional, integrated resources that expand the classroom environment to an almost unlimited degree."(Could Computers and the Internet REALLY Replace TESOL English Teachers?, Lynch)
Noon further explores the importance of examining our assumptions, and wonders what happens when you decide that what you believe about education is no longer valid. How do you replace the old with the new? How do you translate success stories of others into your own practice? (Can you?)
These, I think, are vital questions. I’m finding myself very dissatisfied with the classroom environment I’ve been living in. I’m tired of how things have been "working." I’m ready to explore, envision, and rethink what I do. But I want to break away from just thinking about change and classroom/teacher/student reinvention. I want to be the change. I want to live it.
Doug’s post comes via Clarence Fisher’s idea: Thinking about Change.
"It frustrates me to see all of the transformative tools we have, the networks we can form, the powerful theories of learning and change that we can implement, and yet we plod along, tinkering with assignments and where we seat kids in the classroom thinking this will change the kind of learning that develops, making it more appropriate for the century we live in."(Thinking about Change, Fisher.)
Now that’s something to think about isn’t it? I really liked the matrix he works with in his class. Test your assumptions. Think about why you do what you do. Are there other solutions out there that make more sense? Should we just keep going with the way things are? (Could we keep going and expect better results…I think we all know the answer to that one.)
Then, just before turning in to sleep tonight, I found this post from Stephen Downes. I couldn’t resist posting it here: Everybody’s a Network.
He asks a question that should sting: "What if education isn’t a business anymore - people share what they know as part of their day-to-day routine or part of the job, everybody does a little, and nobody makes any money?"(Everybody’s a Network, Downes)
That’s a brilliant question. Afterall, there’s a lot of money to be made in education. Nothing wrong with that, but I wonder about the implications of "Going liquid" as Downes suggests. Profit creation will change as well - and that could be one of the reasons why our educational environments seem to be so resistant to change; there would be too much of a loss. Downes points to BuzzMachine’s post: Everybody’s a network. Looks like a great read.
Nuff said I think. To remix BuzzMachine’s opening line: "In the future of education, which is now, everybody is a network. In the past, networks were defined by control of content or distribution. But now, you can’t own all distribution and content is controlled where it’s created."
The future is going Bedouin don’t you think?