Risk.

Reading David Geurin’s great book, Future Driven.  Got me thinking about risk.  I was recently in the classroom of a 29 year veteran math teacher.  It was the first day of all of our 8th and 9th graders coming to class with brand new Chromebooks.  I saw this quote about risk in action from this teacher.

“Students will take exactly the same amount of learning risks they see their teachers take.”

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This great teacher was introducing the kids to Jo Boaler.  He had a great video cued up and was using EdPuzzle to ask questions of the kids as they watched.  Jo Boaler talks about the fact that nothing happens in the brain when kids get the right answers. Mistakes, however, make the brain grow.  Well this teacher demonstrated all of this on DAY ONE with new Chromebooks.  Nothing worked like it was supposed to.  And this great teacher turned that struggle into learning.  Modeled.  Persevered.  The kids all chimed in on how to solve the problem.  Collaboration.  Creativity.  Critical thinking. Communication. Mistakes. Brain growth.

All the result of risk.  Sure.  He could have just had kids take notes on their new device. Nope.  Not nearly risky enough.  Kids need to see educators in action.  Struggling.  Trying new things.  Learning.  Failing.  Making glorious huge mistakes.

Because our students will take exactly the same amount of learning risks they see their teachers take.

Thank you Mr. Kirk Dodge for being such a spectacular, risk taking, educational leader.

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