This short TED talk by Ramsey Musallam, a High School Chemistry teacher, really speaks to the need to invoke creativity and curiousity with our students. It's not about using the technology to do so, but just get kids to ask questions, "the seeds of learning" Ramsey says. Times have changed and so to is the way we present the information our students need to obtain. No longer are educators required to be the sole provider of all the answers. Sometimes it's okay to say, "actually I don't have an answer to that one".
This is the prime time of the year to bring about a possible change in an educator's mindset as they begin to plan their year in the classroom. Ramsey came up with three of his own rules that he uses in planning lessons. These rules are simple and easy to live by, but most importantly they allow students to be engaged in their work. I think these rules can also be adopted to an admin position, because as leaders we must always remember if you are going to 'talk the talk, you’ve got to walk the walk'.
Rule #1 - Curiousity comes first
Rule #2 - Embrace the mess
Rule #3 - Practice reflection
I am the Principal at Mount Pleasant Elementary School in Vancouver, BC. I am passionate about inspiring others to be creative, curious and collaborative in their learning