SIM 5: I Wonder About the Teacher
It's good to hear that you are wondering about this teacher. Just because they have been teaching for this way for twenty years doesn't make it right. Sadly, a few teachers only see the myopic view of their classroom as the world and not the ever changing workforce that requires students to learn new skills and evolve regularly. The principal needs to emphasize the importance of building skills like teamwork, collaboration, communication, creativity, and problem solving. Plus, the principal needs to challenge the teacher's alignment with the course curriculum. I wonder about a curriculum that stays on one topic for that long and hasn't changed over the years.
Tradition would defend the teacher, what the teacher believes is that her content is more important than skills. In a workforce that is evolving exponentially everyday, we need to begin to design instruction that requires skills and concepts to be the learning focus. The days of students memorizing facts and figures as primary learning goals are long gone. Trust me, for some teachers and principals, this is an out of this world idea that will rock their world.
We need brave principals who are willing to have out of this world ideas to prepare students for a world we don't know.
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