We live in an increasingly connected world. Yet barriers to connection continue to operate in schools. Kathy Boles at Harvard has described school as the egg-crate culture. With some exceptions, teaching can be an isolated and isolating profession, unless teachers and administrators work to be connected to other learners. It is far too easy to go into one’s classroom and teach…relatively alone…siloed. Classes right next door to each other, much less across a building or campus, often have no idea what is going on outside the four walls in which they are contained. And departmentalization makes for an efficient way to deliver content in neat, organized packages, but departmentalization is not the best parrot of the real, inter-connected, messy-problem world.
What can we do to step closer to modeling and experiencing real, inter-connected problem-addressing? How do we communicate with each other when we are assigned classrooms where we can be siloed? What could greater connectivity look like for learners of all ages?
Recently, learning partners Jill Gough and Bo Adams submitted a roughly made prototype of a three-minute video to apply for a speakers spot at TEDxSFED. It’s about “Tearing Down Walls.” It’s about experiments in learning by doing. It’s about learning.
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This is a very nice 3-minute journey that illustrates what is happening in the JHS at Westminster. I like the images and the metaphor (breaking down walls). I hope the talk gets some traction with people in SF. Keep my fingers crossed! Good stuff.