Welcome back to school! Those of us in the world of formal education are now deep into the process and our summers of relaxation, professional development and planning have morphed into the daily work of teaching and learning with our students. As we begin our new school year I would like to encourage you to watch a talk by Ken Robinson on How to Change Education from the Ground Up.
Many of us are dealing with changes in curriculum as we move to the common core and prepare for new testing with PARCC. We are still adjusting to the new evaluation system, evidence collection and district and state determined measures of learning progress. Not to mention many district are increasing student access to technology in various versions of mobile learning. It the midst of all this change it is sometimes easy to loose focus on why we do what we do: support our student in their learning.
Robinson’s video helps to put that into focus and reminds us that teaching is not a “mechanized delivery system” but an art form and what matters is what happens in the place were student and teacher meet.
As another year begins I want to wish you lots of energy, creativity, passion and joy in learning and success in inspiring your student to do the same.