1. Greg Pearson

    Student voice is a key for vision, direction and engagement. Age can also go the other way. The wisdom of our veteran educators can also not be ignored. It’s about a mix of ideas, perceptions and opinions.

  2. What a great way to start the week by watching this speech from Kate Simonds! I love that you talk about using student leadership groups because that is EXACTLY what kept coming to my mind when I was watching this. We talk and preach about how initiatives will either be positive or negative on the WHOLE student, but we often leave them out of the conversation. We believe we know what’s best.

    Classroom example: As an English teacher, I have found that I have more trouble connecting with Holden Caulfield (a teenager) in “Catcher in the Rye” the older I get. I LOVE opening up those conversations to my students because THEY’RE HIS AGE!! Why would I EVER assume I have more wisdom on this character just because I’m the teacher!?!?? We act like we know what’s best for all kids because we’ve been their age before, therefor, we just know.

    What a great reminder! Thanks for the post!

  3. […] Innovation has no age barrier, and if we can tweak the experience for educators in their professional learning, they are more likely to change the experience for their students.  Writing ideas about “21st century classrooms” on gigantic pieces of paper with a felt marker is not going to create cultural shifts; changing experiences will. […]

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