Showing posts from September, 2020

Skills, Communities, and the Future of Education

 Skills, Communities, and the Future of Education Right now is an incredible opportunity to make education better in places all around the world, and we are missing it in favor of trying desperately to hold onto the traditional school model in a virtual world. While kids are coming back to school buildings slowly and often to vastly different experiences, many. remain home learning through their screen.  In either case, the common thread is an adherence to what we know rather than what could be best for all of us.   There are rarely times when educators and education leaders aren't thinking of where our profession is leading into the future.  Frequent pendulum shifts, constant changes in programs, and now a massive shift in education due to the COVID19 pandemic have made many of us who work with kids start to evaluate what is really important.  It has become apparent that things we traditionally valued in education are at the least, questionable.  What do kids need from us? What is

Changing Schools to Make Teaching More Sustainable

Changing Schools to Make Teaching More Sustainable Brian Costello, Owner HIVEXR Schools have been drastically changed.  While we continue to hang on to what we have known as school for a long time, we are still facing serious challenges.  Teaching virtually, teaching hybrid, teaching in a socially distanced in-person setting; all of these are vastly different than what many of us have worked on creating throughout our careers.  We are faced with intense challenges of redefining what we do as educators to help reach our kids in the most effective ways.  In doing so, however, we are left with dramatic difficulties in sustainability.   Teaching was already a draining profession that faced difficult rates of attrition.  With the additional responsibilities of completely shifting their understanding and style of teaching, combined with various increases in how tasks centered around planning, grading, and technology we have seen several major shifts.  One, teachers are both working more and