i. know thyself
before we can truly know and understand someone else–our students–
we need to know ourselves.
ii. make success your number one priority
if students feel successful, they will try anything, regardless of interest.
iii. know when to follow the rules
there’s a lot of great information out there, and you are remiss as an educator if you don’t use it.
iv. know when to break the rules
while there’s a lot of great information, take it with a grain of salt, and follow your gut.
v. remember how powerful you are.
you hold a substantial portion of a child’s life in your hands. use it well.
vi. be humble, and honor the intelligence of those around you.
most importantly, honor the intelligence of your children. it’s impossible for one person to know everything.
vii. be honest.
and not just some of the time; be honest about everything.
viii. provoke more than you preach.
children need to interact with media and with each other more than they need to listen to you.
ix. be flexible, and let go.
you will not know what your children can do until you give them the opportunity to do so.
x. abandon the absolute.
even these “commandments” can be taken at face value. truth lies in our perceptions of reality, and when you have anywhere from ten to thirty perspectives around the table, almost nothing can be verifiably true.
instead, the power of learning lies in the process through which these perspectives and realities collide.