Are you a Disruptor? Whether it be teacher, student, or the system, we can’t deny that education is currently in a state of disruption. The Disruptors Channel on EdReach highlights all of the things- news, technology, products, or simply a point of view- that contribute to the transformation of our education system.
What rocks the education process? What shakes up the education system? Let’s do more than discuss- let’s #DisruptEdu.
In thinking about education and what it means to be a “Disruptor” I actually find the concept rather simple. If something doesn’t make sense for kids then I will challenge and question it. It is about looking at traditions that exist for the sake of tradition and being content not at how things are but aspire for how they can be. I have never been one to accept things at face value and I am afraid too many teachers in the profession are doing just that. My goal in being a part of this EdReach project is to challenge some thinking, provide my own perspective and hopefully spark some conversation that leads to positive change for students.
A few examples that I hope to take on this year in my own classroom are:
- I want to disrupt the notion that all learning has to be graded, assessed or somehow tied to a curriculum map to be worthwhile.
- I want to disrupt those that think homework is a worthy pursuit in schools and somehow think it is a rigorous activity that is even relevant anymore in schools.
- I want to disrupt this notion that we need to be overly cordial with ineffective colleagues and accept mediocrity as part of doing business in schools.
- I want to disrupt this idea that we have to teach to the test and that we are all somehow definable by a bubble sheet.
- I want to disrupt the time honored tradition of the teacher being the sole dispenser of knowledge.
- I want to disrupt the belief that all administrators have to function in the way they always have in the form of managers and paper chasers.
- I want to disrupt the public perception of teachers beyond the few that make it to the 9 o’clock news for inappropriate behavior.
What are you wanting to disrupt this year? How are you going to change things up for your students beyond just idle complaining but rather real sustainable change? Join the conversation and start disrupting your school with the goal of making learning the best it can be for your students. Don’t settle for doing things the way they have always been done but instead commit to always strive for a better way.