Aotearoa NZ has a settler colonial education system. Educational policies and practices talk about equity, inclusion and student voice. I believe our most critical work is to design equitable teaching and learning experiences that are anchored in Tino rangatiratanga. We must talk more about who we are and who we are becoming.
I often think about these ideas when working in the garden and cooking.
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.