Monday, August 31, 2009

Did You Know?

On the eve of another school year, it's a worthwhile use of your time to consider the journey we're about to undertake. This time of year, I find myself feeling at first apprehensive, then excited, and, finally, eerily calm about all the change that is happening around me and in my life. We don't always think about it, but the world is in a constant state of flux that presents challenges and opportunities for all of us.

Perhaps you've seen a version of video clip I've embedded below. It's a great reminder that tomorrow is NOT yesterday:

What does it all mean? Here's what it means to me:

  • As teachers, we must constantly be challenging our students to learn more, do more, and be more because of the obstacles they will face.
  • EVERYONE (including teachers and adults) must ALWAYS be learning! It's not enough to "maintain." We grow or get left behind.
  • Students face challenges we did not, even a few years ago, and will encounter problems we did not anticipate. Therefore, an intensive education that allows them to be flexible thinkers is not simply a good idea, it is necessary if we wish for the US to remain globally competitive in employment and for the world to solve the problems that face our interconnected planet.

Psychology is fun, of course. But there's a bigger reason we're all going to be here at 8:00 tomorrow morning.

1 comment:

  1. Hi, I've visited your blog and enjoy it. Success for you.