This talk by Will Richardson at TEDX West Vancouver rings true. The way kids learn on their own is much different than the way they learn in school – and they are more engaged by it.
Schools must change.
Kids need to dream big dreams in order to grow and learn. “A” just doesn’t seem quite big enough to me. What does “A” really mean? I think it means you remembered a lot. I don’t think it necessarily means you grew and learned.
Research into “growth mindset” can help us understand some ways we can raise kids to be hardy, resilient, and persistent. It’s good for human brains!
I’ve been lucky to work with a group of engaged, forward thinking, learning professionals recently and for an extended period of years. Collaborative inquiry is the way we work. We’ve been forging a new path at our mid-sized high school that empowers students to engage in their own inquiries and independent studies. We think together, read together, talk together, plan together and teach together. Oh, and we have fun together, too.
We’re a pretty diverse group of individuals. But we share a common idea and we dig pretty deeply into it to nurture it and make it grow. We’re proud of our program. It’s been a journey – and one that I hope to continue.
This article is an easy read that outlines the conditions that are necessary for professional growth through collaborative inquiry. Have a read!