The conference I attended was the 2010 Model Schools Conference hosted by the International Center for Leadership in Education in Orlando, Florida. It was an inspiring conference with so many exceptional presenters and facilitators. When discussing and debriefing about the sessions and workshops with my colleagues, I really felt like our school already thought outside the box, but maybe we had to go even further and “build a new box” like so many of the schools that modeled their school reforms. Some of those schools really pushed new limits and in some instances built a new box in order to succeed!
Now, I am not saying that anyone needs to reinvent the wheel or to scrap all ideas previously thought – but sometimes it is good to really push oneself and think about something new growing from what was working well. Not just thinking a little beyond the limits, but creating and setting new limits. Asking – Why??? & What if…..?
I like to ask my students to do the same. I present them with the tools, techniques, and needs to complete a project, but I really try to get them to think differently and to create new solutions to the same problem that everyone has. In fact, I even created a poster to place in my room for students to see daily (see below). I hope my students really do try to "build A new box" and think differently about their projects and the choices they make in life.
Hopefully students, teachers, and folks can learn some new things (and I can, too, from followers) in order to build anew. Welcome to my blog – Don't just think outside the box… Build A New Box!