Well, my assumption that the intellectual heavy lifting would begin this morning has proved itself correct. We’ve spent a bit of time so far unpacking the P21 Framework- both the “Rainbow” (the skills) and the “Waves” (the underlying support structures). I’m struck again and again by the similarity (in both process and content) to the Critical Skills Program. From the opening question (What do students need to know and do in the 21st Century?) to the efforts of our facilitators to walk their talk, this is familiar ground for me. Interestingly, though, it’s familiar ground in a new way- sort of what I imagine it would be like to walk through your childhood home, were it loaded on the back of one of those big ol’ tractor trailers and hauled into a totally new part of town. Same, but different.
One provocative piece of the conversation this morning came from Dr. Chris Corallo, Director of Professional Development from Henrico County, VA. His district has made the bold statement that one can’t be considered a good teacher unless one is embedding technology in one’s instruction. My initial response was obviously, “That’s crazy talk. I know lots of great instructors who don’t know a wiki from a walky-talky.” Then I got to thinking and wondering…if our kids are going to live in a digital world, are we serving them well if we don’t model the ways the technology, artfully and intentionally used, can be a powerful tool for getting the job done? I’m not sure, to tell you the truth- but I look forward to taking the conversation on with you when I get home!
My work now (other than trying to stay awake in my post-lunch food coma) is to try to make a graphic alignment between the framework and CS model. As I warned Peter on Friday, this is where I think I’m going to be a bit out of my depth- but I think pushing myself out of my comfort zone will bring me to a new understanding of both CS and P21.
Wish me luck!