Schlechty on Transformation and The Work
Day Two of the WOW Conference in Dallas and once again Phil Schelchty provided the opening keynote address. This morning, he began the day with a look at the differences between "transforming" schools and "reforming" schools. Phil is, of course, all about transformation. Some of his key points ...
On "Engagement and The Work"
- If you look at a 1909 Model T Ford and a 2009 Ford Truck you'll see the same basic machine (Reformation). If you look at a caterpillar and a butterfly, you'll see two different animals (Transformation)
- Phil's work is transforming schools and roles. His goal is not to make you a better instructor, but a better designer. "If you think your role in twenty years is still going to be as an instructor, you'd better retire now." His point being that technology if going to transform how teachers teach. They are not now, nor will they ever be again, the sole source of information for students. What will teachers new role be?
- Transformation is scary because it creates "incompetence." You have to learn how to do things you've never done in ways you've never done them. That really speaks to some teachers reluctance and fear in using and learning new technologies.
Once again, great stuff from Phil. And I ask, where does technology fit into all this? We see the transformation of teaching and learning already taking place. How do we prepare teachers, students, and parents for this new vision of education. And how do we get teachers to employ technology in designing engaging work for students?
- Students are engaged when they are involved, attentive, persistent, and committed to the work. The critical result is that students learn that which is important for them to learn. See Schelchty Center on Engagement for more information.
- Work focuses human effort and activity in producing an exhibition, performance, outcome, or product. Work is a purposeful activity that has a clear end in view.
- Most of the "homework" that we send home is not homework. It's schoolwork to be done a home. Homework should built the capacity of parents to help their children learn good work habits, morals, and ethics. We have to help parents become purposeful educators.