Note: Over the next few weeks, I’ll be reading Eric Scheninger‘s book, Digital Leadership. Eric was kind enough to send me a copy and I’ll be sharing my notes and thoughts as I work my way through it. I’m honored that Eric sent me a print copy to read and share my thoughts on. Comments in square brackets are mine, the rest is the author’s.
MyNotes – Chapter 2: Why Schools Must Change
- [In this chapter, the author explores the reasons why standardization resulted and how its lasting effect has a deleterious effect on teaching and learning.]
- “A focus on standardization narrows the curriculum and creates a teaching culture where creativity, exploration and critical thinking are scarce or non-existent.”
- It creates a culture that students disdain; one that can only be sustained with the use of “if-then” rewards or “carrots and sticks.”
- This entrenched system produces students who lack creativity, are fearful of failure, work extemely hard to follow directions and are leaving schools with obsolete skills in a postindustrial society.
- Schools focus on linear, sequential, left-brain thinking in a world that requires both left- and right-brain capabilities.
- Digital leadership is about establishing a vision and implementing a strategic process that creates a teaching and learning culture that provides students with essential skill sets: creativity, communication, collaboration, critical thinking, problem solving, technological proficiency and global awareness.
- Every sector, every job, every employee today has had to respond to twenty-first century changes, often because of new technologies [but teachers haven’t…and neither have central office staff who write curriculum for teachers to use in classrooms, perpetuating the issues].
- We build policy based on old paradigms
- Still work in silos
- Lack strategies to build consistent capacity to use new pedagogies and tools
- Fail to imagine a future that will substantively different than yesterday or today.
- High school seniors in Pam’s district conversed via Skype with an Egyptologist in Cairo.
- Kindergarten children in 2 different schools explored J words in a lesson cotaught by teachers and educator from Michigan via Twitter.
- Commenting on first and third graders’ blogs
- Live broadcast of three schools’ winter orchestra concerts via Ustream.
- Succumbing to the negative rhetoric
- abiding by the status quo
- having a bunker mentality
- Why involves convincing all stakeholders why a school needs to change.
- What is the content of the change, built through a common focus.
- Where defines the location and direction.
- How is the process of change and involves determining how to change the school once people understand and embrace the why, what and where.
- Critical Thinking
- Every day I meet people who have so much to give but have been bullied enough or frightened enough to hold it back. It’s time to stop complying with the system and draw your own map. You have brilliance in you, your contribution is essential, and the art you create is precious. Only you can do it, and you must.
- Digital leadership is about inspiring students and teachers to think rather than follow rulebooks and ace tests…building a plan to lead schools differently in the digital age, and then doing something about it [emphasis mine].
- Principals must effectively and consistently model the use of the same technology tools they expect teachers to use in their classrooms with the students.
- Principals must be consistent in their decisions and expectations about integrating learning technology in the school.
- The principal’s communication about the pace and process of integrating learning technology needs to be clear and resonable.
- The principal must provide appropriate professional development time and resources to support effective classroom implementation of technology.
- The principal must support early adopters and risk takers.
- The principal must do whatever it takes to ensure that all staff has early access to the very same digital tools that students will be using in their classrooms.
- Technology increases engagement and serves as a conduit to endless possibilities that can enhance every facet of what we do in education.
- It is not a frivolous expense that is unworthy of the investments that many pretend it to be.
- How should we use technology available to us to improve what we do?
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