Ms. Hull and I presented at PETE&C today. The coming “blizzard” likely affected attendance at our last session of the conference. Thank you weather for providing scape goat.
To get people thinking and break the Sit & Get mentality, we had those in attendance think of the 1-3 things keeping their building from breaking through to greatness.
They shared with the people sitting next and reported out.
Here’s the list they generated:
- Staff resistance
- Keeping current
- Lack of community support
- Lack of a vision (clear vision)
- Administration road blocks
- Money $$$$
- Lack of technicians
- Lack of solutions
- Deciding – dealing with overload
- Blocking the server – firewalls
- Lack of voice for teachers
- Need for communication from techs to teachers
- Common language
- Sense of community
Read the list again – I had to. The topic of the presentation was “Planning the 21st Century School.”
Aside from blocking the server, these are 20th Century problems. Replace server with “texts,” “discoveries,” “evolution,” etc. and you’ve jumped in the Way-back Machine.
My invitation to you – pick a problem, any of the above or one specific to your building, and comment with a possible beginning to a solution. What can be done?