I’ve got a super comfortable bed in a beautiful hotel room, no one to steal the sheets, and amazing blackout curtains. Yet, I’ve been up counting sheep because I haven’t been able to sleep for the last few nights while here in Bangkok. What gives?
It’s this conference. The ideas. The conversations. The opportunities to share stories.
My mind is racing…revved up and ready to go.
From the word ‘go’ this has been an opportunity to challenge beliefs and encourage thought. Starting with the three challenges laid down by Peter Dalglish (Climate Change, Nuclear Proliferation, and Epidemic Viruses) was a super impactful way to get the conference started off with a bang! Things haven’t slowed down one bit since that first morning.
So what’s been keeping me awake these past few nights? Well, here are just a few of the provocations that have been racing through my mind:
- How do I define learning?
- What is my school doing to create ‘nimble learners’ and educate for the unknown?
- What needs to be done to ensure that all children are safe at my campus? (Shout out to @chris_akin for sharing all the work he’s done with Child Protection.)
- What ‘clarity’ am I creating out of the ‘confusion’ as a leader in my school?
- How can we adapt the programs/courses/pathways in our school to better meet the interests of our students while maintaining (and perhaps even increasing) a rigorous curriculum?
Beyond those five BIG questions lie hundreds smaller, but no less important, thoughts. The trouble though, is that we’re all here for four or five days to challenge our thinking and have our minds opened to new possibilities, but what are we going to do about it? When we get back to school on Monday the reality will strike. School didn’t stop while we were away, things piled up that will require our attention, and it will be exhausting getting ‘back on track’. So, when will there be time or energy enough to implement anything we learned during #ELC2017BKK?
The answer has to be, ‘I’ll make the time.’ If we’re being educationally responsible leaders, then there is just no way that we can go back to our schools and let all of these great ideas and strategies fall by the side of the road. So, whether it means cutting something or reprioritizing your schedule, you have to make time and find a way to lead change at your school. You don’t have to do it ALL, or even most of it. Coming here and learning, like we’ve all been so fortunate to do, means that you now have the moral imperative to address important things in your school, all with the goal of improving student learning!
So what questions have been keeping you awake these past few nights?
What are you going to do about them?