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What If We Started With Our Students?




What If We Started With Our Students?


“Nothing about us without us” continues to come up for me most especially in this last year(and I’m unsure of the author). So many decisions made and placed upon others. Adult decisions that have a significant impact on our young people. I often asked myself, “I wonder what ideas our students would have around this?”



We are hearing the phrase “learning loss” quite often these days; everyone has a lens around what and how much learning our students have missed over the last year. The piece I wrestle with is where have we ensured we have the lens of our students in our decision making process?


What if we started with our students and asked them what they have learned and what skills they have gained?


What if we started with our students and asked them to tell us what they have lost?


What if we started with our students and listened to what they need over the summer to support these gaps?


What if we started with our students and designed learning experiences to meet their personalized needs versus continuing to do what we always do and expecting different results?


What if we started with our students to learn what aspects of distance learning, hybrid and in person learning supported their learning and which aspects created barriers?


What if we started with our students; I wonder what we would learn that would transform education and move us away from the century old industrialized model the world around us has left behind.