But how will they ever get it if we don't make teacher education, certification, and professional learning a priority?
As a fifteen year educator, I have witnessed educational leaders spend wild amounts of money and resources to roll out new devices, curricula, and toolboxes. The hopes are high and the goals are mighty. However, the people who often get left behind in these adoptions are the teachers. Time must be spent to help teachers build context for new tools and confidence with the idea of educational play in all subject areas and grade levels. Teachers’ passion and hunger for learning cannot be overlooked, since they are truly the first adopters.
In order to bring about the greatest change in classrooms, we MUST prepare our teachers to be educational revolutionaries.
Teachers need time to unlock new passions and interests to bring into their classrooms.
Teachers need space to reflect and wonder without judgement or fear of accountability.
Teachers need to be trusted as professionals who have vision and creative energy.