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Estepp's Easel: A blog about education philosophy and practice

Watching my third grade son bounce from searching the internet to watching YouTube videos to asking Alexa questions – mostly to learn about his favorite sports teams and athletic trivia – I’m reminded of today’s students’ expectations for learning.  Put simply – they don’t want to wait and they don’t have to.  When they want to learn something, they do.

Early in my career, I was a high school video production teacher.  It was a great experience.  I had wonderful students and absolutely loved my work in the classroom.  I often think back on those days in my current position as a school superintendent when I need to center my focus and nudge myself to push a little harder for change and growth to improve the student experience.

I’m not sure which word gets used more by educational leaders today – innovation or culture? These are certainly our “buzz words” as we discuss and grapple with the 21st century schooling model.