I have a dream that one day America's students will free from the tyranny of high stakes testing, able to learn and showcase their prowess in any way they choose.
I have a dream that classrooms will be student-centered with all students engaged in learning activities that are relevant and promote higher-level thinking.
I have a dream of working with students in small groups and one-on-one without time or curricular constraints, that students will want to learn from their teachers in a collegial and collaborative manner without focusing on points or grades.
I have a dream that all classrooms will be provided with resources and tools regardless of budgets or demographics, that classrooms will be comfortable and engaging learning environments without desks situated in linear rows.
I have a dream that students will be knowledgable and appropriate digital citizens so that classrooms across the country and world will be connected, sharing their learning experiences.
I have so many dreams for myself, my students, classroom, colleagues, and beyond, but I feel that dreams of today's educators are being squashed by forces beyond our control. How can we achieve our educational dreams when testing dictates schedules, access to resources, and curriculum? How can my students achieve their dreams when they are pulled in so many directions? I don't have the answers, but I can do anything and everything in my power to guide all towards a better education.
What are your dreams?
A big thank you to Sylvia Duckworth who made a #sketchnote out of this blog post. So cool!
New #sketchnote: "I have a Dream" @KtBkr4 @sjgorman @coolcatteacher @alicekeeler @AngelaMaiers @edutopia @mtechman pic.twitter.com/cuCcugTpib
— Sylvia Duckworth (@sylviaduckworth) January 20, 2015