Fear of “deep space” and exploring 10 expectations

As educators, what are we doing to confront our fears about school transformation? About those shifts that are making school feel different than the school we experienced… the school that the parents of our students experienced? In what ways are we responding to these fears versus hunkering down because of perceived “danger?”

How are we exploring our space? The “space” that is all around us in our schools, communities, real-world surroundings, etc. The less-well lit areas of differently designed curricular organizations, assessment strategies, and learner-directed “pathing.”

These two videos are strongly connected for me. One is “Chris Hadfield: What I learned from going blind in space?” It’s a rather beautiful investigation of fear vs. danger, and it puts our earthly “fears” in a different perspective – if you listen and empathize deeply enough.

The second video is “10 Expectations” from Leaving ToLearn (HT @SciTechyEdu). It details 10 expectations that students have for their school-learning experience. And yet not too many school cultures really shape up to meet such student expectations. Why is that? Who is school for? What is the purpose of school anyway?

Are our resistances to exploring and engaging transformation because of real danger? Fear? From the adults?

How might we venture out and explore, experiment, and exchange our fears for new adventures and deeper understandings of our own “deep space?”

2 thoughts on “Fear of “deep space” and exploring 10 expectations

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  2. I appreciate this post, Bo, and it has me thinking even more. Perhaps what we have to simulate in some fashion is a form of school amnesia, where teachers, parents, and other adults lose their memories of how we have done things. Students wouldn’t necessarily need this, I would argue, because they are still at the stage (being the ones experiencing school) where their stake is more direct and important than all of ours– thus giving them the impetus and desire to dramatically affect the evolution of schools.

    School amnesia (let’s design think that one!) perhaps would open up the floodgates of adult learners to share what they would love to do, to experience it together, and to begin building something from its origin. Then, as our building moves along, begins to take shape, and iterates out, we inject some of our memory back so that we at that point can be selective regarding what we incorporate in from our memories.

    May seem a bit off the path, but everyone’s past experience with school seems to be one of the biggest obstacles in so many situations. There are those, such as yourself and your colleagues, that have been able to do this despite all of the memories. But, placing ourselves in the shoes of so many other “users” who are not in environments such as yours and considering what in design (amnesia) could overcome this blocker could be momentous.

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