|Wild first grade writing|
On a Sunday. Questions.
Are we really leading
if we are talking about
we could have done
20 years ago?
Is that what makes us
Is it just-right pedagogy?
The art and science of teaching and learning.
Is it creativity and collaboration?
What if the most powerful learning I see in a day
is written in pencil
in a notebook
on the floor and under a table by a 7 year-old?
written in marker with the word
by a first grade zoologist.
Old school tools for future ready schools.
Whether learning or leading
where the wild things are really
are in the connections,
that spread like wildfire
fueled by technology.
Technology that allows a Bee-bot dance
What was old is new
Kagan and Calkins and
brain-based strategies are now
remixed with rich academic language
for a digital world.
New is the audience.
Shining a spotlight
on the work of kids and teachers.
Twitter and Voxer.
Storytellers of our time.
New are the leaders willing to connect with
a souped up walkie-talkie
to ask questions
to be inspired to try out an amazing idea the next
New are the leaders who learn first
Fearless and thoughtful.
Reflecting in a public space
in blog posts or a tweets or in stories of
Radical? In a way.
Yes. Leading wild means digging in and digging deep.
It means never giving up.
It means saying I don’t know
but I’ll try.
Learning has no destination.
We may never arrive, but we are on a journey.
Traveling a path where strangers are friends
and impossible is nothing.
Cross posted on Lead. Learn. Sparkle.