August 09, 2018
This is the Heart of What Future-Focused Learning Really Means
People often ask me what future-focused learning really means. It's a simple and simultaneously complex question to answer which is why we wrote a book on the subject. Ultimately, though it may mean different things to different people, the truth is that the pathway is attainable by making small shifts and adjustments in our mindset.
That's part of a lively discussion that I had recently with Evan Robb which I'm pleased to share with you below. If you are curious yourself about what future-focused learning really means, this talk will shed light on the subject and clarify your understanding.
Evan is an author, speaker, and a school principal in Clarke County, Virginia. His blog The Robb Review covers a broad range of engaging educational topics, trends, and issues that teachers will find fascinating. But it's this line from his bio that I find most inspiring of all:
"All learning begins with a question."
True indeed. My belief is that if we want to make positive transformation in education or anywhere else, we need to be focused on a bright future and work together to create it. However, beginning is all about asking the right questions—questions concerning where we are, where we want our learners to be, and how we can get them there.
What future-focused learning really means is asking the best questions we can about why change is happening in education, what it means for teachers and learners, and how we can take the next steps toward that future together for the benefit of all.
Here are some of the highlights from my conversation with Evan about what future-focused learning really means:
- Creating relevance and connection to learners, why it matters, and how to do it
- How students are achieving results by taking responsibility for learning
- Why the quality of questions we ask our learners matters
- How the great work teachers are doing today can become transformational
Enjoy this engaging conversation between Evan Robb and myself about what future-focused learning really means, and how we can all begin making the shift together.