How do ideas of the future inform action in the present? Anticipating and wondering what changes could happen and where that would create a shift in our Education system so it better meets demands of the knowledge society.
I often wonder when and how change will happen in our schools. So many theories and ideas. Classroom teachers working from the ground up. Are we making any difference? Tonight, I am wondering if it is possible, using Sweeney's 'Punctuated equilibrium' metaphor if teachers who are working on the edge are contributing to schools / education being at an emerging stage of change.
Does this metaphor make sense to any other teachers?
The challenge to 'Find your edge' is important to me.
I'm tentatively suggesting that based on Tony Wagner's work on Creating Innovators: When a student is learning in a context where play, passion and purpose is evident then resulting from this may be an explicit understanding of the student knowing their edge. The student knowing what it is that makes them different and what it is they can explicitly contribute to their commuity and the larger world.