I sat today in a conference that was dedicated to teaching administrators how to integrate technology with Robert Marzano’s high yield strategies. Ironically I had read David Warlick’s comments at a conference in Texas and Will Richardson blog post the morning of the conference. Both talked about moving away from forcing the integration of technology into curriculums and moving towards teachers as role models for teaching students how to learn. Both posts proved a fascinating backdrop for a day filled with learning new tools to utilize and capitalize on Marzano’s high yield strategies.
Now don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed my day as a social studies teacher amongst many quality administrators and we learned a lot from each other throughout the presentations, but I couldn’t shake the comments from Will and David I had read earlier. I wondered how many in the room had or will have read them by the end of the week. I wondered how many were in the room because they had a true passion for learning versus having to be there because the state requires them to attend a certain number of “Admin Academys” every few years. It was this healthy dose of cyncism that brought me to the question of in education, who will be the agent of change that we need?
Will this change that needs to happen to better educate our students come from the administrators? Will it come from teachers passionate about learning (and if so, a sometimes bigger hurdle of getting colleagues on board presents itself)? Will it come from parents who will demand better education for their children? Or will it come from the students themselves who, in becoming bored or frustrated with the educational process just completely tune out/or demand more?
Change is necessary in our current education system and teacher’s and administrators need to become master learners so that their students can learn with them…which one of us seated at the table will lead the charge?