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Jason Yaffe’s reflection on Will Richardson’s workshop

February 6, 2014

Confused? Uncomfortable? You bet, as I listen to Will Richardson at the ISAS Teaching Conference and his workshop on “From Old School to Bold School.” More to come in a deeper blog post later, but for now, here are some sample questions that Will is putting out there and what I find myself wondering about – What are our students doing with the access in their hands? What other “teachers” are they turning to out there on the web? To what degree are they able to navigate the difference between fact and fiction, reputable “teachers” and those they should avoid? How are we, as educators, modeling exploration of our vast world? Will is empowering us to go back to our schools and to rethink the very definition of education. This surely entails taking risks, trying, failing, and then rethinking what just happened. That’s the growth mindset that can help schools meet our students where they are…before they pass us up (or has that already happened?)!

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