"The role of a creative leader is not to have all the ideas; it's to create a culture where everyone can have ideas and feel that they're valued." ~ Sir Ken Robinson
Yesterday my post asked the same question to 5 leaders from my PLN that I respect. The question was; "If you had the power to make 1 change, and 1 change only that would help to improve schools, what would it be?" They didn't disappoint with their responses, they were great.
Soon after I published the post, Aviva Dunsiger (@avivaloca) asked what my 1 change would be. I'm glad she asked because I had planned to post my idea today. As I considered the many ideas that would have a positive impact on schools I kept coming back to something I see almost every day in some shape or form - inquiry. Whether it's through passion projects, genius hour, FDK, science or even 3-act math, inquiry has such great potential when it comes to transforming the learning environment for schools. Unfortunately we're not all there yet. There are pockets of great examples of inquiry. I see examples in my school and many others through Twitter. Every time I see it in action I see students engaged and having fun. It's great to hear, see and feel the energy in a room when inquiry is the focus.
The reason I think that inquiry, implemented across the curriculum by all teachers, would improve schools is the focus it places on tapping in on students' interests. Passion projects, personalized learning, exploration, and investigation would engage students in learning about the world around them and most importantly what interests them.
So if I could implement one change it would be for every teacher to embrace inquiry across the curriculum. I believe it would allow teachers to give a platform for student voice, making meaningful connections to what matters most to students. Plus, it's just fun!
If you haven't commented on what 1 change you would make, I'd love to hear your thoughts!