Dear PD Colleagues,
Do Independent School millennial students (all our students, currently) need to be presented with a whole new curriculum, at least in presentation modes, from whatever tender age we begin up through MS and HS, across all subject areas, in order to
a.) develop a new intelligence for a new age, 2120 and onward?
b.) distinguish our school as “cutting edge” and thus (at least ideally) more attractive to prospective families than the establishment bastion down the road?
c.) help our students get into colleges they otherwise might not have a shot at?
If you’re interested in this question– especially in regard to what such a curriculum, in whatever grade(s) you might teach, might look like– then you’re a prime candidate to
a.) read (or skim, at least) this lengthy digest article in the Chronicle of Higher Education, way back in October 2009 that does a good job of canvassing the subject
b.) consider your true POV: you may feel that the media may have changed, but the content (the essentials, say, of Latin II or U.S. History) hasn’t changed that much— OR, you may think that the way millennial students think and learn necessitates such a wholly new teacher-student interface that curriculum in many subject areas needs to be truly redesigned!
c.) decide whether you’d like to join this committee, and help plan the April 17th CAIS Conference on Millennials (and new pedagogies)– and be an integral part of the presentation team, or support thereof…
Please respond below or to me personally at <firstname.lastname@example.org> if you’re interested. And: no worries about your age! If you’ve been teaching for awhile, your perspective on “core curriculum” will be as valuable to us as more media-savvy younger faculty who might like to invest themselves in showing others the way to the hearts and approach-invested new “habits of mind” of our millennial (and generation Z) students! We need to plan in February and March to make this work out to all participants’ benefit, so consider getting in touch with me fairly soon– and we can collaborate on date and location–
Thanks for listening,
wordforester (and not a millennial, a mid-career teacher rather, wondering if it’s time to be the change that keeps on arriving, no turning back…)