“Change is an opportunity to do something amazing.”
If you started a school from scratch, what would you see as necessary, and what would you take out from what we currently do?
We need to instill a growth mindset in all learners and teachers. We want teachers and students to pursue knowledge, to empathize with others, and to be okay with failure. Students should be agents of their own learning. We need to teach students and staff to use the design processes—engineering, human-centered or other—to tackle problems in a meaningful, organized and inventive way, while also acquiring deep knowledge of how things work through making and developing curiosity, exploration and a passion for learning through experimentation. It is important to be focused on student growth areas, define teaching challenges, and determine strategies and technology tools that would help support these efforts and impact teaching and learning.
As far as what to remove....testing that does not truly assess what a student knows or understands. We need to have authentic ways to assess our students' progress, as well as ways for them to gauge their own learning progress.
We need to integrate our subjects more so, giving students a real-world view of how the world works. We do not write merely to write, we do not read merely to read. We do not study science just for the sake of science learning. We do not learn just skills of technology apart from a purpose...all of these skills are used in the world integrally, not as a stand alone skill. I don't learn to type just so that I can type faster. I learn to type when I need it for writing a paper, in order to play a game, composing code for a program, formulating an email, or to share my thoughts or research with the world through a blog or website. These are how we acquire skills in a way that they will be reapplied for life!
Thoughts on the Introduction to book The Innovator's Mindset
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. Dan Brown, An Open Letter to Educators