I planned for a Banner Day today. Yes, that is asking for possible disappointment, but I took some recent lessons learned and threw choice, collaboration and creativity into my classroom blender. The early returns show average or better results. I expected the sound of trumpets. Maybe a harp.
Moving on. I did a lot more teacher talk than I planned to in my lead-in to a high-tech, high-touch, right-brain, left-brain lesson. Would a pre-recorded screencastify video have been better? I spoke about embracing complexity. I talked about the future being now and how they would have an authentic audience. All meant to motivate. It may catch fire. They may create content that inspires. They may find a mission. A passion. A burning question. I just do not know...for now.
|"March Madness" Padlet of creative options...|
I recently saw George Couros speak at Discovery Education's Powerful Practices conference in San Francisco. He is the author of The Innovator's Mindset. His presentation hit all the buttons. All of 'em. There was laughter, handkerchiefs, knowing head nods in that room of educators in San Francisco. His views on innovation, leadership and education never strayed outside of his guiding mantra of "what is best for kids." The challenge is real. The customer has to come to our shop, but they aren't necessarily buying.
Do you know people who have planned burner lessons, activities, or days? I do. Me. I think I am not alone. As Forrest Gump did not say, but should have, "teachin' is hard."
I am shooting for that Banner Day again tomorrow. It is what we do.
|*Cue the harp|