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a great post on default settings

i read a great blog post here today that brought up some great points about default settings and how we are more prone to leave things the way they are rather than look for ways to make things better, or to ‘think like a hacker’ as he puts it in his post.  i think the weight of what has always been expected of us as educators tends to be too much to bear for many teachers to really take an innovative approach.  think about it, if you do exactly as you are told and students fail some would have no problem absolving them of guilt because they followed all the steps in the exact order they were told.  now if a teacher were to take an innovative route the results were less than perfect then the methods would be to blame.  it really is a shame, but fear has become a powerful demotivator in our profession at times.  three cheers for the teachers who go in and change those default settings in their classrooms to make it work for their students.

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Posted by on June 1, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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off site

having now been to my first ‘end of the year’ off site meeting with my team i have a few opportunities unique to me.  in lencioni’s death by meeting the focus ends up being on the different types of meetings, off sites being one of them, and i feel like i can now have a greater understanding of what those meetings could/should be about.  if i had to characterize ours, i would have to say that innovation seemed to be the thread that ran throughout the two days.  several ideas were thrown around, but one in particular resonated with a passage in ‘tribes’ by seth godin, that i came across just the other night. (yes, i’m STILL reading it)

odds are that growth and success are now inextricably linked to breaking the old rules and setting your organization’s new rules loose in an industry too afraid of change

there are lots about this quote that give me pause, and i’ll start from the end.  is education an industry afraid of change?  let’s call that rhetorical on many fronts.  the beginning presupposes that the only way to grow and succeed in today’s world is the break rules that don’t seem to work.  is it?  that’s the only way?  inextricably, i like that word, but not in this context.  or maybe i do.  we can’t avoid the confrontation, at this point, of new solutions to new problems in a climate that doesn’t encourage that type of innovation that may just solves many of our woes.  it certainly makes it seem dire!

 
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Posted by on May 31, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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