I wish every moment for students could resemble this little girl's experience with rain, but we can at least strive to provide our students with opportunities to construct their own learning experiences and projects. One way to do this is to unleash creativity. I enjoy reading Matt Miller's Blog about technology and Teach Like a Pirate's Dave Burgess' approaches to bring innovation to teaching. Check them out!
The big question about education by students will always be, How can I use this? I think it's our job to look at education from the perspective of the user and always construct our lessons so that this question guides us. How can we add rigor and relevance so that our students see the need for a strong educational experience. I have heard that the goal of education should be to provide students with powerful learning experiences that prompts students to see their world in a number of different ways. I think Couros, Miller and Burgess' conversation about innovation can be a strong discussion point about creating these powerful learning experiences. James Brown had a unique (albeit a little bit melodramatic) view about education in his funky jam, "Don't be a Dropout."
As we reflect on the state of education, I always think about music and how it consistently changes and reinvents itself. As I am old school to the core, I laugh at how I sometimes judge the kids' music today. I give them such a hard time. It is like that for many people. We get attached to what we know. So, let's embrace what David Bowie says in "Changes" and pass the baton to tomorrow's creative opportunities. Like music, we as educators need to adapt and appreciate the new sound even if it does not match up to what we think "good music" should be. Okay... I do have to admit that rap from the late 80s and early 90s is still the best. That is all.