His excellent presentation resources are available here.) Then, David set us loose to redesign selected aspects of school.
Bill Ferriter, Patrick Larkin, and Larry Fliegelman were my partners in this endeavor. (Could you ask for a better team? Seriously?) Quickly, our conversation turned to the need to focus on "doing" instead of "knowing." This idea holds enormous implications for schools. Specifically, the ways that schools use time, materials, and staff would be deeply affected. Consider the following questions that we considered in our session:
What if students could learn whenever they felt like it?
What if graduation and advancement was based on competency?
What if kids worked independently on meaningful tasks to provide evidence of learning?
While it's easy to dismiss this thinking with a series of "yea, buts," I encourage you to ask "WHAT IF" instead.
Thanks to David for the fantastic session, and thanks to Bill for cleaning up our messy diagram and sharing it out!