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Embracing Change


More than 100 years and we still (as a majority) haven't figured out to heed Dewey's advice. What a shame! I think the most interesting part of Lichtman's video was that he said of all the problems he encountered, he found that the next school had the solution for the problem but then a new problem of their own. Communication seems to be the over-arching problem in education too. Yet another resounding pro for collaboration! I do believe there are pockets of educators that can see that the old way is not the best way and we need to embrace all these good theories and put them into practice. Kudos to those that are doing that and are creating those self-evolving learners that he spoke about.


My thought is that this is why we have a few people that change the world instead of everyone seeing that they are capable of doing just that. If we can connect the formal learning to the informal learning then learners develop the mindset that they are never "finished" learning. They see that the opportunity is always there to explore and discover. I can now easily see that I had a fixed-mindset coming into this program because of the way I was taught. I was very much a vessel and believed my vessel was full. I have now discovered that true curiosity can cause a learner to never want to stop learning. When you change the method that the student finds out an answer and they realize there are many correct answers and not just one way to get there, you open the playing field and empower those learners. You don't have to be "smart" to figure it out, you only have to be "curious". Wow! Game changed!

21st Educator (April 2, 2009 ).21st Century Education vs. 20th Century Education. https://youtu.be/HiD1UqLPrOg


Lichtman, G. ( March 21, 2013). What 60 Schools Can Tell Us About Teaching 21st Century Skills. https ://youtu.be/UZEZTyxSl3g

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