Instructional Practices

It is hard to shake the deeply engrained concept of what we know, to envision the concept of what is possible. This is particularly true in education, where nearly all adults (not just educators -- parents, community members, educators, etc.) have spent over a decade in a traditional classroom setting.

While the old adage, "It was good enough for me," is easy to fall back on, the reality is that the world is very different today, and it will continue to rapidly change as we move forward. This is the world we must prepare our students to learn, live, and work in.

With this as the impetus for change, we must begin to imagine what a classroom that prepares students for this future must look like. Below are some examples of what is happening in schools where they are tackling the challenge of changing the educational paradigm. It is important to note that this change isn't solely, or even primarily, technological. It is a change in mindset, in pedagogical delivery, in shifting from the child as a student to a learner, and in shifting the adult from the teacher to the mentor/coach.

While today this resource is filled with examples from a wide variety of places across the country, as we delve more deeply into Waukesha One, we hope to fill this page with real examples from our students and staff in the School District of Waukesha.

Changing the Educational Paradigm

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