Monday, January 21, 2013

Reform by Giving Up; What Should You Stop Doing?

We keep on adding.

When do we take away? When can we eliminate an outdated practice?

In my experience these questions elicit very strong, personal reactions from educators. Even in a time of unprecedented demands, minimal time and constant change, educators do not give up things easily. Is it because it takes us so long to change practice/systems in the first place? Or is it because if we did something in the past we think it must still be valuable or will be valuable again? (Are we educational pack rats?)

With the increasing expectation that educators and students must implement everything under the sun to "reform" education & after reading a post regarding educators' reaction to giving up provincial exams (, I am curious what we would be comfortable NOT doing?

What have you stopped doing that has transformed you and your classroom/school?

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