Thursday, 6 March 2014

Future thinking

If we teach today's students as we taught yesterday's we rob them of tomorrow

I have been recently working with several schools to review their school vision and values. I believe that the vision and values of a school are critical, the foundation or cornerstone  to guide and determine all decision making therefore they must be owned, committed to and enacted by all members of the school community.

Identifying and clarifying a school's vision and values is no small feat, but their are some great theorists and resources to draw on and to assist in this development process.

One of my favourite books is Howard Gardner's Five Minds for the Future. I believe that the five minds that Gardner promotes serve as a guide to schools as they look to review and redevelop their vision, ensuring that they are learner and future focussed. This short clip provides a succinct introduction to Gardner's thinking.