During the opening Keynote from Dr. Spike Cook at the NJ/PA ECET2 Conference, there was a powerful image of a blank screen. While it was not done on purpose, there were technical difficulties, it was significant. Dr. Cook talked about how what we see makes a difference. When you look at the beginning of your school year, what do you see? Do you see a blank screen? An empty canvass waiting to be painted? Or, do you see all of the requirements, the initiatives, the “stuff” that clutters your ability to create.
Innovating and creating are extremely important in the future of education. Our job is not just to see the blank screen, but to visualize all of the great things that the screen can someday show. As educators, we see the child as the blank screen. We cannot look at a kid and think “oh, I heard about that one” which is sadly frequent. I can honestly say, I have been guilty of this at times and it is a personal regret.
Our job as educators instead is to find ways to empower children to take control of that screen. To find their “why” and develop a path to help them create their what! It is time to find education again. Time to see the millions of blank screens, waiting to produce greatness.