Do Something

Do Something

I had the fantastic opportunity to attend the College of Alberta School Superintendents (CASS) Leadership Academy, this past weekend in Banff, Alberta.  Working with representatives from Parkland School Division, we talked about the many fantastic opportunities that we have in the future of education.  While many are very pessimistic about the future of schools, I really believe that there is no better time to be an educator.  The unlimited access we have to information and the opportunity we have to create in our classrooms, will be something that can be absolutely transformational to our schools and the state of education.

Watching the Minister of Education in Alberta using Twitter, and connecting with both educators and stakeholders in real time during the conference, just shows how much our world has changed in such a short time.  With schools in Alberta and Alberta Education really aligning their systems and beliefs, education in our province seems to be on the cusp of something really great.  Knowing that we are not only able to connect with some amazing educators within our own province, but all over the world, can really be something fantastic for all of us in education.

Here is the one idea that really stuck out for me this weekend from the words of Ben Levin.  Dr. Levin said that (paraphrased),

“…no one ever waits for someone to tell them to be great; they just go out and do it.”

We often encourage our students to be risk takers, and challenge themselves. As educators, we need to role model this and not wait for initiatives to come our way, but move forward. We owe it to these kids that are here right now.  The one thing that I know about education in 5, 10, 15 years, no matter what tool or pedagogy comes our way, we will always need to work with our students so that they will learn to learn. By giving our students the opportunity to create, collaborate, and learn, we can see some really amazing things happen in our schools right now.

As always, I am excited about the future of education, but I am just as excited about  the opportunities we have today.  What will we do right now?

  • Carolyn Cameron

    Create Collaborate and Learn…love it, George!!!!! Great learning with you in Banff AND in Calgary – I agree with you, we are on the cusp of something really great!

    • George Couros

      It is definitely around the way :) Looking forward to working closer together next year! It is going to be awesome!

  • Derek L. McCoy

    I've always had a problem with wait for the right to for reform – what about the kids in my classroom/school RIGHT NOW! Love the statement – 'As educators, we need to role model this and not wait for initiatives to come our way, but move forward. We owe it to these kids that are here right now'

  • http://weens11.wordpress.com Lauren B

    I love the idea of teaching our students to learn to learn. I am not sure I actually understood how to learn to learn until I got to college. Love this post!

  • http://21stcenturyappreciativeinquiry.com/innovations RJ Johnson

    I would add one step before Create, Collaborate, and Learn, Choose. When we provide participants choice in what they learn and how they learn, the results can be amazing. When you get a chance, you may want to check out an article on how I learned the importance of choice: http://21stcenturyappreciativeinquiry.com/innovat
    Best regards,
    RJ Johnson

  • http://jasonfountain.blogspot.com Jason Fountain

    I love the quote at the top of the post. If you have not read "The War of Art," "Poke the Box," or "Do the Work" you must read these today! They all talk about doing something…anything really…today. We talk and talk and talk, but rarely do great work.

    We, as educators, MUST teach kids initiative and how to create, collaborate, and learn. Great post, George!

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