: Children are learning machines and have untold hours of play and joy...until... they are "educated" - educated to behave otherwise. If we want a better class of thinkers and innovators --
people with explosive curiosity andcreativity, we need to bring FUN back into our classrooms
. We need gigglesand laughter, enthusiasm and excitement. School can become a placeremembered for the love of learning, if for no other reason than it feels joyous!
Kaizen is the
apanese term for "continuous improvement", a conceptwe should take to heart if we want students to achieve their personal andprofessional best. Small changes, if done every day,can make a big impact over time.
By creating an environment of Kaizen, reflection becomes part of the dailywork and conversations. Continuous improvement an only be achieved, withcontinuous reflection. Andwith continuous reflection, students will become moreand more engagedin their growth and learning.
Both learning to listen and listening to learn are critical to literacy inthe 21st century.Listening is a powerful and essential means of developing andmasteringboth old and new literacies. Listening is not only part of theengagement process, it's the first step. In any culture or community, listening firstwill earn the right to be listened to.
Motivation is essential to learningat all ages. Students have theprimary responsibility to own their own learning, yet we have asharedresponsibility in the task.The environments we foster, the cultures we contributeto, even the aura of a classroom, all make a difference.
: One of my mantras is
Students areconnected to friends and family outside the classroom;creating a network insidethe school makes sensetoo: schoolmates can become brain mates. With toolslike blogs, wikis, andYouthTwitter , networking in school can be as easy andengaging for them as doing it at home! In fact, there's reason not to do it.