Welcome to the Revolution!

(This post originally appeared in my previous blog “Thatothereduguy.blogspot.com” on August 13, 2015. Since I now only post to this site, I am moving some of my more popular posts.)

There’s a revolution among us.

Since my introduction to Twitter a little over a year ago, it has become increasingly clear that things are changing in education. So far, they seem to be changing separately on several different levels. If the these separated forces ever completely coalesce and merge into one stream, the the slowly moving creek will swell into a river of rapids and whitewater change.

As I begin a new year, I am bombarded with the potential for a complete revision of every aspect of my teaching philosophy and practice. That, by the way, is a good thing.

There are several educators and ed consultants who are each driving their own battalion into the battle, and they are slowly influencing thousands of educators around the world to do things differently. I’m calling them The Revolutionary Ten. They are listed below in no particular order, and each represents a strand of change which they are commanding.

  • Alice Keeler @alicekeeler – Among others, one of her banners is the “No Homework” banner. Passionate about the idea that our class time should be structured so that homework is not necessary.
  • Mark Barnes @markbarnes19 – One of several educators leading the “No Grades” movement, Mark is fervently working to help educators consider how to assess student success in terms of growth and improvement without averaging grades.
  • Don Wettrick @DonWettrick – We always think of Genius Hour when we think of Don, but what he is really selling is student empowerment. Check out his book “Pure Genius”.
  • Rick Wormeli @rickwormeli2 – Standard-based grading and latework/redo reform are the challenges he is putting in front of us for the year.
  • Kristen Swanson @kristenswanson– One of the original organizers of the edcamp movement, Kristen challenges the professional development status quo and asks the question, “Can we plan a better party than them?” The answer is apparently yes, as teachers are taking control of their own PD with unconferences.
  • Michael Matera @mrmatera – There are several leaders in this camp, but Michael is the one that comes to mind most often for me when I think of the gamified classroom. What? Students playing games to learn? Shocking. Holy Minecraft!
  • Craig Kemp @mrkempnz – From his home base in Singapore, Craig is one of the leaders in a global connectedness movement that has teachers learning from other teachers all around the world. The silos are being torn down.
  • Erin Klein @KleinErin – She has become my go-to consultant for all things classroom design. A clear leader in the “ditch the desks” movement that has us out of our rows and columns and into collaborative clusters.
  • Angela Maiers @AngelaMaiers – She has helped us all discover that we are all geniuses and that we must “choose2matter”.  Community service and making a difference are becoming the norm in classrooms around the world.
  • Jon Bergmann @jonbergmann – Jon has literally turned classrooms upside down all over the world with the flipped classroom movement.

Now, here’s my point. All of these people have contributed to the makeover of my whole educational existence. The teacher that I was 10 years ago — maybe even 5 years ago — would not recognize the educator that I have become.

This is much more than a movement, but imagine what would happen is all 10 of these people ever landed in the same edcamp. What would it be like to see them unite in a coordinated effort of educational reform? That’s what I’d call a revolution for sure.

Just imagine it. I can’t wait.

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