It is difficult to say what is impossible, for the dream of yesterday is the hope of today and the reality of tomorrow. ~ Robert Goddard
Most evenings, I take a little time to review my Google Reader account. Tonight, there are 106 updates — most related to educational reform efforts, use of educational technology, and creative methods of engaging students through meaningful learning experiences. I am always amazed by the analysis, ideas and strategies shared by everyday educators on the front lines of educational reform. It is a humbling experience–just when I begin to feel like I might know something, a new idea challenges my thinking.
Educational innovation is all around us, but it is a moving target. Creative envelopes are constantly being expanded. Thinking outside the box is rapidly becoming the rule, not an exception. “Keeping up” means a commitment to research, an openness to change and constant collaboration. Once a semester professional development is not sufficient. In order to be effective teachers, we must be perpetual learners.
When it comes to innovation, if we are not moving forward, we are falling behind. Get on the train!