We had an excellent first day of the ISTE 2011 Conference in Philadelphia. The theme of the conference is "Unlocking the Potential", and we heard that echoed in so many ways by the various speakers at the general session. Beginning with host Mario Armstrong who echoed the idea that teachers are actually "secret agents" on a desperate mission to unlock the potential of children against the challenges of the economy, the APPR, NCLB, and our elected leaders!
The current educational system kills the dreams of children. We need to work within the system but to challenge it. The unconventional, can become the conventional. Creativity, innovation and being incredible. Igniting the passion of children and turning on their learning. Education needs an overhaul.
And with that challenge I believe we need to encourage each teacher to accept one new initiative this year and challenge the system.
We need to become fearless as educators, and reclaim our dream. Renew your dream and renew your promise as an inspiring teacher.