So, I am halfway through the EdTech Team Illinois Summit and my mind is bursting with questions, thoughts, and hopes for Mountainburg High School. I see so many good practices in other schools, practices that could augment the great things happening at MHS.
Here are some things on my mind:
- How do we increase student engagement and ownership in Mountainburg High School?
- How do we help our students gain a greater vision of the world around them and the world within them?
- How can we incorporate more individual, student chosen learning options that are meaningful and productive?
- How can we create a culture that guides student thought and motivation?
- As we transition to a 1:1 environment, how do we stay focused on the most important “1” in the equation, which is the student?
- I love this quote: “Chance favors the connected mind.” How do we help students develop a connected mind, one that sees connections between disciplines, relationships, conversations, and themselves?
- Another great quote “Directions are instructions given to explain how. Direction is a vision offered to explain why.” --Simon Sinek How can we create a culture that is not only effective at giving good directions and teaching students to follow them, but also a culture that helps students gain direction that will guide their lives and careers?
- A basic but important question: Why is 1:1 important for us to do at Mountainburg High School? What we do is important. How we do this is important. But most important is the why.
How would these ideas fit at our school? How would they need to be modified? What else could we do to help promote student engagement and achievement? Lots of thought-provoking conversations are going on.
I look forward to sharing these thoughts with teachers and with students as we enter into the 2015-2016 school year.