Just want to say a big AMEN to Chris Lehmann’s latest post–I love it when I read someone like Chris who makes me say “YES!” here’s someone thinking and writing the same thing I’ve been thinking so much about lately.
We need school and district administrators to create a culture of innovation where teachers and students can bring new ideas, new tools and new ways of thinking to the subjects we have at hand and be rewarded for their innovation. When that happens — when teacher learning through non-traditional means is valued — then we can a) expect to really see change and b) hold teachers accountable when they don’t. Until that day, we will see the early adopters and the risk-takers bring new ideas to bear on the classroom, but I don’t think we’ll see wide-spread adoption of any tools at any rate faster than general society.
It’s my job, and Chris’ job, to create the culture. After more than one year of blogging, I’m grateful that I continue to learn so much here. Thank you.