It’s hard to believe another year is at its end and that it’s time to reflect on my #OneWordOnt for 2017.
Remember how I told you about wanting my students to see the walls in their lives? The ones that interfere with their learning? The ones that hold them back from engaging in and with the broader community? The walls we grapple with everyday?
I also told you about choices–how we make choices
“to participate, to be optomistic … to inquire, be curious and to challenge the status quo … To find hope instead of fear in the face of uncertainty” (Seth Godin).
We began the semester with a frank conversation about creativity, openness, and fear.
We created “Stories of Me” and posted them in a public gallery.
We built blogs where we posted our thinking about the course content.
We read self-selected novels.
We conferenced about our reading.
We collaboratively annotated texts using Hypothes.is.
We curated our best work into an Evidence of Learning Document.
We made choices in our learning everyday.
You know, decisions about criteria, about our learning goals, and where we needed to go next.
But the choices remained narrow, superficial, conventional.
So, we found the walls. We can see them now.
We just didn’t tear them down.
My next step is to find ways to
empower enable students to make the choices to have the courage to tear down their walls.
Three guesses what my word for 2018 is. The first two don’t count.