The opinions expressed here are the personal views of Karl Fisch and do not (necessarily) reflect the views of my employer.
I hope that we can really affect change in the WAY teachers teach.
People will come together collaboratively and will learn from each other.
I hope each of us will experience growth and move teaching at Arapahoe into the 21st century.
Teachers and students will become active learners together in order to better the way in which we think and live our lives.
I hope that in 50 years educators from all over the free world will travel to Arapahoe, an educational Mecca if you will, to pay homage to what transpired here in 2005-2006.
Adam,It won't take 50 years. I'm thinking 5.
I hope that the strategies, theories, and technology we put into practice will help our students learn, think, and truly value their educations.
I hope that we can truly make a difference not just in terms of education and our children's students' experiences, but for ourselves as life long learners. I hope that this is the segway to a new way to approach thinking, learning, and collaboration in schools. After all, education is about preparing our students for the future, but we as teachers need to be constantly challenging and preparing ourselves for the future rather than being complacent with methadolgies that haven't changed in decades!
I hope that I will be able to have a classroom of students that will be willing to learn and think on their own and I will take myself out of the focal point of the class. Students willing to take risks and take more of an active interest in their learning.
Creating classrooms rich with student discovery feels scary as we discussed. Power, control, direction--three words continued to pop up in our discussions as we thought about the implication of our role on this committee. Barb and I know about jumping in without a float, so to speak. With the single-gender classes, I taught classes knowing in my heart that with research behind me, but more importantly other colleages, I could stretch myselves to reach students. I feel it worked in many ways. I am excited to see our effects grow here.
Michele,I totally agree, and I had not made the connection to our experience with the single-gender classes before reading what you said! Thanks for sharing :-)
I hope that our students can become less complacent and more curious. Teenagers sometimes think they know all there is to know, and if they can just discover that this is not true, they will have many more opportunities available.
I hope that my students will be excited about what they've posted on the blog. The blog is not as scary as class participation, but it's not as lonely as a diary; I think my students will use it to express themselves more intimately and to understand each other. It will be exciting to see students finding common ground with classmates they've been looking through for years.
My best hopes would be to see some real change come to public education. Change that will actually make a difference. Students will be more excited as well as teachers. I get so tired of public educators getting such a bad rap and would love be able to show certain people tha what we do does make a differece in many aspects of a students life.
I hope that the individual lives we reach will be impacted for the better. I know that different people learn differently, I just hope that we can change the way they think, react and feel about their educational experiences. I also hope that we find a way to put these new tools into use in our classes.
Roger's thought about inspiring students' curiosity relates to my greatest hope. I really enjoy learning about people and the world and I hope to discover new ways to help students get excited about knowledge.
Across the content areas, I hope we can use each other beneficially to not only make each other greater teachers (and learners), but to give students a unique and positive learning experience throughout all their classes.Yes, I want my students thinking actively about my content, but if we can make ourselves better, then our passion and know-how can beget their passion as well. I look forward to seeing what all of us can achieve together to make education reciprocal-students and teachers alike.
I hope to :a. get rid of those "boring" moments (mine and theirs)b. see AHS lead and then share with the world if we have truly found a better wayc. stimulate more students towards really thinking without losing any of the current positives and strengths that do sometimes happen in the "old school"
my greatest hope was expressed in our 1st meetings together - that CIT will allow this group to unleash all this incedible,pent up creativity in a cooaborative manner.What power to create change with such a large and talented group! What a joy! Enjoy the ride! Also, the neanderthal blogger has figured it out (with a little help ffrom a friend).
My best hope is that one of my fears turns into someting great. I have a fear that I will have to change what I already have. The class has already forced me to think about change and to incorporate that in my classroom.
That we make a difference in how our students learn and we can explore and embrace new ways to teach.
To bring energy and enthusiasm to an already successful school. There are many good things happening now. I would like to see some ideas that could take us to the next level.