I’ve spent the day at our state collaborative meeting for Competency Based Education. (#IaCompEd in case you want to follow along). The work is hard. The work is chaotic. The work is important.
It is frustrating at times. Sometimes I just want to yell, "JUST TELL ME WHAT YOU WANT ME TO DO!"
But I don't really want that. I want to put my two cents in and make it count.
It requires a lot. There are over 100 people putting their two cents in and sometimes it doesn't make sense. We don't always agree (shocking in education, I know).
“Brain-melting”, as one district team puts it.
A tweet from another participant, who's an associate superintendent, got me thinking
I love this. It got me thinking about what I really wanted to see in education. It comes from my core belief about learning, and it's what gets me coming back to this collaborative group monthly.
- I want student learning to mesh together. Nothing I learn is in isolation. Everything connects…is interdependent. Student learning should be the same way.
- Students need to find their
passionsinterests and learn through those passionsinterests
- Teachers are really coaches, helping students with practice
- · Skills/competencies can be learned anywhere, not in a specific “classroom”, with a specific teacher, who teaches in isolation
How would this look?
- · Open concept school layout. No classrooms. How about “learning studios”? Work where you are comfortable, with whom you are comfortable, even when you are comfortable.
- · When a student needs help, find the person to coach them while working on the competency
- · Class time? Open. Learning doesn’t happen in 45 minute blocks of time. Sometimes I spend all day on a piece of writing. Having to stop after 45 minutes interrupts the flow of thought.
- · No more grade levels. How about Phase 1, Phase 2, Phase 3, Phase 4 (thanks Libby Schwade). Work through the competencies. Finish a phase and move on
I know this looks and sounds crazy. I know that there are many questions. I know there are many issues to be addressed. I know, I know, I know. But, if you don’t know what you want learning to look like, how do you get there?