Dr. Mitchel Resnick, Darren Kuropatwa, Jeff Utecht, and Adora Svitak's presentation, I was energized, excited, exhausted, disappointed to be heading home for the night, and wanting more the next day. The buzz in the rooms, the passion of the presenters and the desire to connect, share and collaborate with other teachers was strong...why can't school be more like BLC10? Dr. Resnick gave us a platform Scratch, with wide walls and a high ceiling for our students to create and publish. Darren showed us the importance of design, in delivering our message and our lessons. Jeff inspired us to connect our classroom to the world and to give our students an authentic audience. Adora urged us to listen to the leaders in our classrooms, all 30 of their growing voices.
Why can't our students come to school, hear a great, dynamic & inspiring message. Then hustle off to a breakout session, eagerly listening, taking notes, creating, collaborating, back-channeling and exploring the whole time?
I was disappointed when a session wasn't what I expected or didn't fulfill my needs and goals. Shouldn't our students feel the same way when a class falls short of what it could be, when it doesn't help them meet their goals and needs, when the teacher isn't inspiring? I wanted to be in two places at once yesterday...shouldn't our students feel that way about the potential and possibilities available to them in school and their classes?
It's 4:45am, and I can't wait to get on the train to Boston at 6:09. Shouldn't our students feel this way about school?
Images: Bob Sprankle, blc10 uploads