I love change! It is change that keep life interesting. It is change that helps us learn and grow. I think these quotes say it well:
It is not necessary to change. Survival is not mandatory. ~W. Edwards Deming
He who rejects change is the architect of decay. The only human institution which rejects progress is the cemetery. ~Harold Wilson
Change always comes bearing gifts. ~Price Pritchett
I sometimes get asked: “Have kids changed since you started teaching?”
I used to answer emphatically NO, but know I realise I was wrong. Kids have changed due to the different environment they now grow up in. Examples:
1. Many more single parent families, with the parent or parent working longer hours.
2. A more uncertain future eg. Pollution, Global Warming, Over Population, Wars, etc.
3. The rapid advancement of technology.
When I started teaching in 1980, there were no photo copiers, computers, mobile phones, ipods, etc.
Hence it is logical that education, schools and teachers need to change. One teacher who is embracing this need to change head on is Adrian Camm.
Adrian recently presented a keynote address at the annual DEECD Innovation Showcase, which celebrates and shares innovative practices in Victorian education and early childhood settings.
Adrian’s pioneering use of current and emerging technologies is impacting positively on student engagement and learning outcomes across Victoria and beyond. Adrian received the mecu Outstanding Secondary Teacher Award at this year’s Victorian Education Excellence Awards as well as two awards at the 2009 Australian Awards for Teaching Excellence; Best National Achievement – The Minister’s Award for Excellence in ICT and Highly Commended in the Excellence by a Teacher award.
His keynote address: A glimpse into the (Un)Classroom, explains how students are different. How they are immersed in media, in multiple formats. How that immersion is having a huge impact on the way they learn. Education is only starting to catch up. We need to rethink the role of the teacher and the student.
I highly recommend that you watch Adrian’s keynote address, and discuss and implement these important changes that are needed in education.