You Can't Save Them All, Can You?
What do we do when we feel we have done it all?
A common question in education, one that every teacher has asked themselves at some point in their career. My response is yes. Simply yes. Each child has a desire to grow up, leave home, and do something different and / or better than someone they know, see in the news, read about in history. The speed bump we run over in education is time. Someone (I truly wish I knew who) decided the time it takes for students to learn and to show mastery are measurable by the same measuring stick.
My response is no. Simply no. The time it takes to learn is infinite. The time it takes to master is relative. The time is takes to teach is mandated. When the variables previously mentioned are measured by the same standardized test across a large platform, I question the states commitment to differienation and multi-sensory learning styles. Yet, I exist in this beautiful system.
No sarcasm intended. The infinite variables involved in educating one child are immeasurable. When one attempts to calculate and control these independent variables at a grossly large number, each variable becomes a dot on one of Monet's masterpieces. Up close you see the dots and linear frame of thought that seems to approach a logical solution. When we zoom out to see the majestic beauty of life stitched together by each individuals experiences, we are humbled and grateful to be a part of each "master" piece, each child.
Each individuals' education, which despite what most educators (including myself) believes, is not limited to the core classes inside the institutional walls of academia. Each individuals' education is the experience. The freedom to think critically is in the infant stages in education if you ask me. The world historically educated individuals with apprenticeships. These apprenticeships lasted for years; until the student became the teacher to the master.
Regardless, of what some may think, we are at another breaking point in this apprenticeship of education. We have students who are masters at the technology we, the teachers, could use as a vessel to increase the students' future capabilities. We have to let them be master while we are the facilitator.
There are so many ways I could take this blog. For now, I will pause in my thought and repeat my original answer. Yes, we can. We can not control when.