I’m thrilled to say that Will Richardson is coming to our campus for the day tomorrow to share with our staff.
One of the reasons I am excited about this opportunity is because of what he calls butterflies. He’s interested in those possibilities about teaching that get you so enthused that you have butterflies in your stomach as the ideas start flowing and connecting. When working with students, aren’t those the best moments, too–when students start connecting ideas together and the class just flows?
A couple of months ago, Will directed readers of his blog to this quote from Chris Lehman, principal of the Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia:
It’s really not about the computers. School 2.0 is older than that. School 2.0 is the tradition of Dewey. School 2.0 is born out of the idea that active, engaged, constructivist learning will lead to active, engaged students and people.
That is what gives me butterflies–thinking about how we can help students become more active and empowered participants in their own education. It feels like we are moving as a campus towards some important conversations.
I’ll be interested to see what the day brings.