Day 153 (of 183) you don’t know until you know
This thought came up to me a few times today. Once was during a #sblchat where we were discussing the move to descriptive feedback – and how “once upon a time” the number ruled all. The number /10 or the % or whatever you needed to get to a letter grade. Until you start thinking (and knowing) different. Sure I would do things differently at the start of my career if I knew then what I know now….that’s the learning process.
The thought also came up today when a boy was being “aggressive” – but knowing that a new medication was involved (with specific side effects that we needed to watch for…) but the way you react would be different unless you knew that…..
It also ran through my head as I read about some inquiry projects that were “trying something new”…..at least new to their learning environments. I always enjoy seeing people “open doors that once they go through them, they can’t go back” (Steve Wozniak refers to this a couple times in his memoir on creating his many contributions to the digital age)
The thought came up as I read a great blog that in part, questioned the way presentations are made and how educational leadership is being done in a “digital world” – https://cultureofyes.ca/2016/05/11/do-digital-leaders-have-to-lead-digitally/ wondering if indeed digital leaders need to lead digitally…..again- something you don’t know until you do it…..
It reminds me of the mindset that “we” often need to use – what may be “old hat” to us may still be novel and unique to others. I’m good with people learning and exploring “new” approaches – especially when it leads to change. Once you know something though….you can’t un-know it! So you need to do different….do better…..each day of learning.