After listening to Will Richardson’s blackboard collaborate talk I had to reflect on what it is that I would really want my ideal school to look like. I believe this will be an ongoing reflection as I continue to engage in my own process of learning in this digital age.
I believe I am very fortunate to be working in a self- directed learning model. I love the way students learn at Bishop Carroll High School. This model has been in action for over forty–years and is fantastic, but still evolving.
As I really reflect on what it is I would like to see in a school, the school counsellor comes out in me as my first thought is a school filled with HOPE.
Do hope and technology go hand in hand? I believe they most certainly can. This video I discovered after receiving a tweet demonstrates the importance of HOPE. Shane Lopez’s interview expresses why I want my ideal school to be full of HOPE.
The next video called, “If students designed their own schools” made me want what these students have done in their school to be a part of what I would want in my ideal school.
What might my ideal school look like? :
- Hope filled
- Engaged students and staff
- Mutual Respect
- Low student teacher ratio where all students can be heard and helped
- Creativity is encouraged and abounds
- Grades would not matter
- Teachers would not ever feel they had to teach to tests
- Counsellors would be essential in every school starting in elementary to high school
- Counsellor to student ratio would be low and every school counsellor would not have to teach a class, but would engage students through workshops or through resources online or groups or whatever the schools and most importantly the students needs were
- Exercise would be a part of every students and teachers day
- Positive Connections would be evident
- Capable, confident students would emerge and have opportunities to move in the direction of their dreams
- Students would have available to them a variety of resources and opportunities
- A students needs and personality would be highly considered
- Safe Learning Spaces
- The building would feel more like a comfy home than an institution
- Students and staff are in a constant process of being technology savvy and literate
- Professional development is ongoing and supported. Funding is readily available
- Breaks where students and staff were nourished and had time to connect happen on a daily basis
- Celebrations of staff and students occur on a regular basis
- Passion is evident
I think I could go on and on, but for today I will stop here.
HOPE abounds in my ideal school, but what will schools look like in the future? I really am not sure.
After watching the video The Future of Education: Epic 2O20. I have to really wonder are schools really prepared for what education might look like in 2020.
What do you think?
For today, my ideal school is right where I am. I love working and counselling in a Self- Directed High School. It makes me very happy and it is a very hopeful place where I belong.