Going Out To Come Back In

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Photo taken by yours truly in the lovely city of Chicago.  #inspired

The more I travel the world and visit schools to support their adoption of inquiry, the more I realize one thing: as educators we are all grappling with the same questions.

Moving away from a standards focused learning model, over prescribed learning outcomes, content-centric curricula, and structures that strip learners of their voice, choice, creativity and agency, the challenges facing each and every school and teacher are powerfully the same.

Our goal is clear: to prepare the students of today for the problems of tomorrow given our world is rapidly changing and innovations and technologies are constantly enhancing how we communicate, collaborate and create.

Ok, I said clear, not easy.

But what I’ve come to realize is that we are all genuinely working towards this means, in each of our positions, schools, cities and countries.  From Chicago to Singapore.  From NYC to Iceland.  From Vancouver to Sydney.  Each and every teacher I meet shares this common lens.

And this is a beautifully powerful thing.  We have the ability to collectively lean on one another, learn from each other, and help better meet the needs of our students together.

So I challenge you to broaden your learning network.  Go beyond your classroom, your school, and even your district.  Create and nurture a PLN that inspires and informs.  Go out in order to come back in with a greater understanding, expertise and appreciation for your craft.  Your students will thank you.

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Shout out to Jen and Brian Cauthers for inspiring this post! Find them on twitter at @cauthersj and @mahopacskiteam respectively.

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