Monday, September 19, 2016

#IMMOOC An Open Blog Post to Educators

As I started re-reading The Innovator's Mindset by George Couros (@gcouros), something that continues to really resonate with me is part of the "Open Letter to Educators" by university dropout, Dan Brown. Dan Brown says, "...You don't need to change anything.  You simply need to understand that the world is changing, and, if you don't change with it, the world will decide that it doesn't need you anymore."

I see similar thinking happening within my own daughter, currently, who is deciding that school's not keeping up with her- and she doesn't need it anymore. This girl manages her own YouTube channel, interacts with her subscribers, creates her own videos and sponsors prize giveaways through an online gaming platform she connects to, figured out live streaming on her own, and has the new career ambition of becoming an animator.  At school she completes worksheets and is bored.

I know lots of educators who understand the importance of continuing to challenge themselves, professionally, and continue to evolve their instructional strategies and push themselves to keep learning.  Everyone a part of the #IMMOOC is among that group, too.  However, I feel like those groups of people are working in isolation- unsupported by administration or their "department", etc.  It can get depressing to think about the fact that too many educators are still comfortable with status quo and/or unable to change their circumstances or practices due to political reasons, lack of desire, or something else.

That's why I'm so thankful for opportunities such as the #IMMOOC and #TOSAchat on Mondays, for example, so that I'm continuing to learn and gain inspiration from a professional learning network who's not going to be derailed from moving toward the ideal endgame- working to create learning environments for our students that are relevant and engaging- that prepare them for their post-secondary paths.  Sometimes the wheels of progress move much more slowly than I'd like, and sometimes not everyone gets on board with what I think is important or not important in education.  But I know that being innovative in education- particularly instructional practices- is appropriate for educators at any stage of the game, no matter where they fall on the pedagogical spectrum.


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