Thanks to Louise for laying down this challenge for me, and thanks to my sister Beth; I read her '5' (my first) just last night.
When it comes to education...
1. ...we have to stop pretending that it is OK to avoid uncomfortable discussions about improving assessment practices. Yes, these conversations can be tension-filled. They will certainly challenge some firmly-held beliefs. Embrace the awkwardness. Relish the confusion. Accept that there is room for improvement.
2. ...we have to stop pretending that preparing students for standardized tests should ever take priority over student learning and well-being. As classroom teachers our job is to mentor, nurture, and inspire our students. Supporting their learning and well-being cannot take a back seat to test prep. Ever.
3. ...we have to stop pretending that students don't have a role to play in driving innovation in education. They are probably more open-minded about solutions than we are. At the very least, they will give us valuable feedback on how we're doing. At most, they should be at the heart of figuring out how to #makeschooldifferent.
4. ...we have to stop pretending that it is OK for teachers to wait for quality PD to be delivered in a tidy package. There are no excuses anymore. Stay after work and learn with your team. (That's right. I said it.) Get onto Twitter. Order a book from Amazon. Watch some TED talks. Attend a conference. Just do it!
5. ...we have to stop pretending that mastery of content knowledge is 'good enough' for teachers or students. Teachers who master content knowledge don't necessarily embrace good pedagogy. Students who master content knowledge don't necessarily have the skills they need to succeed as productive citizens. Time to level up.
It all started with Scott McLeod...http://dangerouslyirrelevant.org/2015/04/we-have-to-stop-pretending.html. Thanks, Scott!
I welcome your thoughts on my five.
I would like to challenge @VP_Wilkinson, @HTheismeijer, @pcroteauirt, @LongthorneJess and @A_J_Golding to share theirs.
Blog them, tweet them out one at a time...whatever works for you. Most importantly, pass it on!