Change is uncomfortable, constraints are limiting…
but both can lead to amazing things.
‘James [Brown] didn’t use a lot of the stage; he used a little small spot, and Mick learned that he was an expert at it.” – Keith Richards
Changes & Constraint – The Upside of Uncertainty and Restrictions.
Perhaps David Bowie sang it best, ‘Times may change me, but I can’t change time.’ We’ve been through some pretty big changes in our collective past, and clearly 2020 is a year like no other in the ‘changes’ department. There is no denying that transformational forces are at play in the global education arena – not least on account of COVID. It’s interesting to note however, that on numerous levels our students seem somewhat immune to the sudden changes, and rather it’s the adults more in need of adaptation. to adapt. , to morph in our approach to things. Unlike the pandemic 1919, our readily accessible digital technology (the biggest change agent since the printing press,) has allowed us to reach across the street, into our homes and around the world… to connect, communicate, learn. Education has mutated as of late, and there may be no going back.
We’re also getting weary of constraints, the daily inability to do things the way they ‘used to be done.’ Here too we might take a page from a rocker – Mick Jagger. Apparently Jagger has the small stages of the Rolling Stones’ early days to thank for his unique dancing style. Perhaps Jagger epitomizes the line, ‘creativity loves constraint’.
So as the ground moves beneath our feet, let’s be mindful that changes and constraints can be forces for good. We have no choice right now but to face the changes and deal with the constraints. In this keynote, Myron will argue that instruction and assessments that include inquiry, differentiation, exploration and problem solving may prove more effective for an uncertain future.