Tuesday, May 19, 2009

boredom

it's about this time every year that i begin to get bored with the things that i have been doing all year long and i begin to think about ways to tear apart the classroom experience. it isn't that i haven't been trying new things and new innovations all year, i have. it's just that i have tried them and used them and now i want to try something completely new. the problem is that everything still seems too teacher centered. i really want my students to be responsible for their own learning. but what does that look like in a class of fifteen year olds? how do i tell them what they need to know without telling them what they need to know? i could come up with multiple approaches for each lesson and i could turn them loose. or i could ask them what they want to learn and we could learn some things together. maybe i could have them teach me something new about the world. i just don't know.
the point here is that i know that things need to change and i know that education will not change unless people are actively thinking about it. but who is actually doing something about it? what does it look like? what does it sound like? i've got questions and i want answers.
why do we keep talking about the classroom of the future? i want the best classroom that i can have now. and are we even sure that the best classroom is a classroom? someone tell me their dreams and we'll see if we can't make it happen.

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