All the Answers to Education Change
Do we have all the answers to education change, but just can’t see them, or interpret them? Have you ever traveled a very long way, only to have someone point out that what you were seeking could be found much closer? A sort of too close to the chalkboard view might not ever allow for a next step to happen, especially without the right help. If you can’t see what’s wrong, needs to be changed, or needs to be tried, most likely you will continue seeking without having the true vision of what needs to be done.
Have you noticed that infants always seem to be more impressed with the packaging, or box that something comes in? It’s not long, though, before kids reach an age where they figure out that what’s in the package, or box, for the most part, is more appealing. At that point, kids have figured out how whatever it is works, or how whatever it is doesn’t work. While there is a process to it, it doesn’t take long for that to happen.
Change is constant, and usually better when kids are involved for sure. They pull no punches, and aren’t afraid to tell you what they need. In education, we sometimes don’t ask kids to get involved, and that’s a big mistake. We can take some pretty good advice away from observing kids, though. Kids aren’t afraid to ask for help in order to get where they need to go.
Adults can sometimes forget that it’s not all in the packaging, and that what something can actually do is more important. Knowing what you need to do needs to be the start. With help, adults remember that. Education technology is a perfect example of where solutions can be acquired for the packaging, rather than the actual, appropriate education use and value, as well as for what a school or district really needs to do. Without a plan pretty solutions can sit collecting dust and go unused.
The best education solutions are those, which answer the question: What do you need to do? Today, that question should assume that technology is involved as well. Not to infer that would be so last-century ridiculous. For many, figuring out the answers can be as difficult as a toddler trying to remove wrapping paper from a present the first time. Help is needed—sometimes to show—more than once—and possibly with a refresher, or two, if necessary. Fortunately, there are experts at this type of adult education solutions show and tell—those who understand answers to education and education solution needs. More importantly, the best changes happen with the help of people, who understand how to move change from where you are, to where you need to go.
If the partnership is right, the solution fit can be close to perfect for school and district specific needs and goals. There are no one-size fits, though—only custom fits when it comes to students, teachers, and education change. Begin by discovering and stating what you need to do, with help if necessary. Getting a vision correction with the right help and partnership improves chances of landing the best education solutions, and bringing it all together for success.
About the Author:
Ken Royal is an educator with 34 years of classroom/school and instructional technology teaching experience, as well as a blogger on all things education and education technology. Teaching accomplishments include: 4-time district teacher of the year, Connecticut Middle School Teacher of the Year, as well as Bill and Melinda Gates award for Technology School of Excellence. He is a Promethean storyteller. Follow @KenRoyal on Twitter.