There has been some really great discussion about false-positives and false-negatives for change in my department.

There has been some really great discussion about false-positives and false-negatives for change in my department.

What are your thoughts on it?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mT8Ujb0oG8w

9 Comments

  1. Some great questions Ben and I hope a lot of people share their suggestions.

    One solution I am planning is to replicate the #etmooc type of learning as the framework for my tech integration PD. I hope that by creating a large open community of learning my teachers will choose a community of learning that works for them. By stretching the learning topics out over a month at a time I hope that it will allow teachers to explore a topic without becoming an extra burden.

    I worry that those agents of change will throw a monkey wrench into the planning, but I hope that they will be the minority and the majority of teachers will discover the joy and power of self directed online learning communities.

    When (if) it becomes and official thing I will invite you to the planning committee.

  2. Some great questions Ben and I hope a lot of people share their suggestions.

    One solution I am planning is to replicate the #etmooc type of learning as the framework for my tech integration PD. I hope that by creating a large open community of learning my teachers will choose a community of learning that works for them. By stretching the learning topics out over a month at a time I hope that it will allow teachers to explore a topic without becoming an extra burden.

    I worry that those agents of change will throw a monkey wrench into the planning, but I hope that they will be the minority and the majority of teachers will discover the joy and power of self directed online learning communities.

    When (if) it becomes and official thing I will invite you to the planning committee.

  3. Some great questions Ben and I hope a lot of people share their suggestions.

    One solution I am planning is to replicate the #etmooc type of learning as the framework for my tech integration PD. I hope that by creating a large open community of learning my teachers will choose a community of learning that works for them. By stretching the learning topics out over a month at a time I hope that it will allow teachers to explore a topic without becoming an extra burden.

    I worry that those agents of change will throw a monkey wrench into the planning, but I hope that they will be the minority and the majority of teachers will discover the joy and power of self directed online learning communities.

    When (if) it becomes and official thing I will invite you to the planning committee.

  4. I think you’re spot-on in framing false negatives as learning experiences, not a failure of educational reform. We ask our students to take risks and be okay with failure as learning; why is it not then appropriate for us as professional to do the same? Is it this “professional” moniker? As professionals, does everything that we do have to work, have to look good and have to go smoothly. I hope not! I consider myself both a professional and successful, but to be truly successful I believe you need to be on the leading edge, where it’s not possible to go without failure because that’s unexplored territory. Remembering that the ultimate goal here is educational reform that supports student success in a changing landscape, we have to also remember that traditional education has had 150+ years to become entrenched. Even without outright nay-sayers, there will always be those who will wait out the change, saying, “this too shall pass.” We’ll, change and reform take time and I believe that those attitudes will pass, as communities of practise grow, their power for change increases exponentially as a collective, and the success of their students become more evident.

  5. I think you’re spot-on in framing false negatives as learning experiences, not a failure of educational reform. We ask our students to take risks and be okay with failure as learning; why is it not then appropriate for us as professional to do the same? Is it this “professional” moniker? As professionals, does everything that we do have to work, have to look good and have to go smoothly. I hope not! I consider myself both a professional and successful, but to be truly successful I believe you need to be on the leading edge, where it’s not possible to go without failure because that’s unexplored territory. Remembering that the ultimate goal here is educational reform that supports student success in a changing landscape, we have to also remember that traditional education has had 150+ years to become entrenched. Even without outright nay-sayers, there will always be those who will wait out the change, saying, “this too shall pass.” We’ll, change and reform take time and I believe that those attitudes will pass, as communities of practise grow, their power for change increases exponentially as a collective, and the success of their students become more evident.

  6. I think you’re spot-on in framing false negatives as learning experiences, not a failure of educational reform. We ask our students to take risks and be okay with failure as learning; why is it not then appropriate for us as professional to do the same? Is it this “professional” moniker? As professionals, does everything that we do have to work, have to look good and have to go smoothly. I hope not! I consider myself both a professional and successful, but to be truly successful I believe you need to be on the leading edge, where it’s not possible to go without failure because that’s unexplored territory. Remembering that the ultimate goal here is educational reform that supports student success in a changing landscape, we have to also remember that traditional education has had 150+ years to become entrenched. Even without outright nay-sayers, there will always be those who will wait out the change, saying, “this too shall pass.” We’ll, change and reform take time and I believe that those attitudes will pass, as communities of practise grow, their power for change increases exponentially as a collective, and the success of their students become more evident.

  7. Brendan Murphy 

    I would be honored to take part. Also, I like your “choose your own adventure PD.” We are exploring some of the same here, so I would love to see what you learn from your exploits.

    Jeremy Inscho This: “as communities of practise grow, their power for change increases exponentially as a collective, and the success of their students become more evident.” 

    That is one of the most powerful statements I have heard in a very long time. I love the idea of self-evident change.

  8. Brendan Murphy 

    I would be honored to take part. Also, I like your “choose your own adventure PD.” We are exploring some of the same here, so I would love to see what you learn from your exploits.

    Jeremy Inscho This: “as communities of practise grow, their power for change increases exponentially as a collective, and the success of their students become more evident.” 

    That is one of the most powerful statements I have heard in a very long time. I love the idea of self-evident change.

  9. Brendan Murphy 

    I would be honored to take part. Also, I like your “choose your own adventure PD.” We are exploring some of the same here, so I would love to see what you learn from your exploits.

    Jeremy Inscho This: “as communities of practise grow, their power for change increases exponentially as a collective, and the success of their students become more evident.” 

    That is one of the most powerful statements I have heard in a very long time. I love the idea of self-evident change.

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