Saturday, February 25, 2006

Telling the New Story

It will be a pleasure to return to Pheasant Run Resort, and to see lots of old friends and make some new ones. This year, I will be talking about stories -- big stories -- the stories that we tell and retell about classrooms. These old stories owe their roots to a bygone time, yet they continue to paint our vision of schools and schooling. The old stories tell of seats in rows, stacks of textbooks, compartmentalized subjects, and an information-scarce world where gatekeepers control the content, and it flows in only one direction.
Campfire Story Telling
In this year's keynote address, I will suggest some new stories, the issues they must address, and how we might start to tell them. If we believe that we need a new kind of learning, a new kind of teaching, new classrooms, and forms of assessment, then we need to go out and tell a new story -- one that is so compelling that it will force people to forget about their classroom experiences from decades ago.

Come by and say, "Hi!"

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At 8:34 AM, Blogger Mrs.A said...

Your keynote Telling the New Story was a great inspiration to all of us. Thank you for joining us at IL-TCE 2006.

At 9:07 AM, Blogger Joan S. said...

I enjoyed your keynote on Friday morning. I was glad that you mentioned the 7-yr. old blind student who was proficient at using the computer. I presented a session on an introduction to web content accessibilitiy to encourage educators to eliminate barriers faced by those with disabilities affecting vision, hearing, cognitive impairments, and mobility impairments involving the use of a mouse or keyboard. If anyone is interested, please visit for the information I shared in my session. Thank you for an inspiring keynote!


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