"It’s astonishing to me how many people develop their pet education theories assuming there is little or no interaction between motivation and learning, or that motivation is somehow outside the teacher’s job description. The assumption that motivation is entirely the student’s job leaves us no way to check ourselves for de-motivating pedagogy. If students don’t like sitting in warehouses, watching lecture videos, and clicking away at multiple choice questions, it’s either their own fault, or the fault of Miley Cyrus, social media, or Kids These Days, but not ours. Our theories can’t be impeached. We just need a better class of students."
— Dan Meyer
I’m in Killington for BEST Institute.
This is a beautiful part of the state. Everything people from down below imagine Vermont to be. It’s all green trees, clear streams, mountains, and antique shops.
I’m hoping our school’s Leadership team gets some good work done here this week. I’m also hoping to have some time to get out and explore central VT. A few spots caught my eye on the way down, especially the Long Trail Brewery.
I also miss my wife and son immensely though. This is the first time I’ve been away from them since Levi was born. These next four days are going to be a big mixed bag of awesome.