When I was growing up, Rubik’s Cubes were popular. The cube had coloured sides, and you were to mix up the colours by turning the sides over and over again. Once the colours had been mixed up, the object was to turn the sides again, mixing and matching and until the colours matched on all four sides. In the same way I struggled with the toy because the task at hand was not simple. One time, I became so frustrated that I took the stickers off the sides and faked a completed cube. On the surface I had met the challenge, I knew what I had created was a false sense of success, and I ultimately learned little more just on the experience alone.
When I think about changing a school’s culture from a teaching based rather than to a focus on learning itself. I am reminded of that type of frustration that may come along with it. It is not easy to jump into the deep end and change what has been going on for a long time. Focusing on teaching rather than learning, caring about lesson delivery more than student comprehension of the subject being taught and accepting the one size fits rather than helping all students realize their goals can be the “fake” way for our schools. However the future we are paving for our students the way for our students can’t be faked, and a Professional Learning Community now provides a responsive manner in transforming the way that schools operate.
Focusing on the four critical questions helps Professional Learning Community to transform thoughts into actions and helps to create an authentic learning experience for kids. When we gather data and analyse where students are so that our instruction can be tailored to meet their needs. When we are able to develop strategies based on those needs, we have to implement the ideas and strategies that have a meaningful purpose, we can look at the changes we have made and move forward. We are no longer guessing about what is needed, but applying authentic ideas that are focused but not faked. These strategies unlike the one I used to fake a completed cube, will work because they are designed to meet the needs of each child.