What if we didn't beat out the natural desire to figure things out on their own our students are born with?
What if we could re-ignite the inner learner all teachers had at one point?
What if we restructured our day around inquiry based learning and not test prep?
What if we allowed MOOC courses for students interested in taking classes outside the expertise of the brick and mortar staff, that would count for graduation credit?
What if we had an
What if our students were so used to being given choice and
What if we were creating environments for our students that they learned to trust their gut as to whether it was "right" or "good enough" instead of relying on us to determine that?
What if our students directed their own learning and relished the opportunity to do so?
What if we used PBL to help solve more problems in our local neighborhoods instead of relying on fictitious scenarios that we made up solely for the lesson?
What if everything our students created was shared publicly so authentic eyes were on it and not just ours?
What if we were able to re-engage the disaffected parents in our district?
What if our
What if we had programs that allowed students interested in any topic to gain an advanced or two year degree by the time they graduated if they are working at an accelerated rate?
What if we had internships for any student who wanted to pursue one?
What if we connected with experts in the field to help us in the classroom on a regular basis?
What if we didn't have study halls and instead had time for passion projects or genius hour?
What if we weren't cutting art and music time and money to focus more on "what's on the test'?
What if all teachers sought out PD on their own?
What if teachers understood that using tech to simply give
What if every student came to school having had a good night's sleep and food in their stomach?
What if every student felt they could make a difference in our local community as well as the global community?
What if students realized that the path they are on can be changed if they want it to and they are not predestined to that path?
What if we offered alternative break plans like going to South Carolina to help rebuild after their devastating flood?
What if we made our schools more energy efficient through the efforts/ideas of our students.
What if our schools became energy producers instead of consumers because our students devised a way for that to happen?
These are just some of the things I've been thinking about in the last day. I have work to do to help make
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