Talent and intelligence are not fixed traits. The best way to approach your lifelong learning plan is to acknowledge that you need one. To move the needle toward your goals, your mindset must reflect that you are willing to learn and willing to take on new challenges to your brain.
While it has always been the case that our schools hold the future within their classrooms, today’s education system needs to set the foundations for these young children to thrive in life and work in 2050 and perhaps through to 2090.
We won’t be with them when they face that world, so the most important 21st-century skill we can teach our students is how to think for themselves. I never do any kind of lecture, PowerPoint, presentation or lesson that involves talking at my students. No “sage on the stage,” no dazzling stories, no prezis.
No word of a lie, there are thousands of things a teacher should know. We expect them to be experts in the field. We require them to reach and stretch our children more than parents can. Such a tall order is what you embrace when you decide to become a teacher.
In 1940, a white developer wanted to build a neighborhood in Detroit. So he asked the US Federal Housing Administration to back a loan. The FHA, which was created just six years earlier to help middle-class families buy homes, said no because the development was too close to an “inharmonious” racial group.
Students are leaving school before you know it. One minute they’re handing in assignments, and the next you’re handing out diplomas. If you’re a teacher or a parent (or both), you know that’s no exaggeration. Leaving school is a big deal for students. It’s both an ending and a beginning.