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What Would You Change About Education if you Could Just Wave a Magic Wand?

by Kelly Walsh on January 23, 2017



As the new Year ushers in a Season of Change, we ask … if it Were in Your Power, What Would you Change About School and Teaching?

On Friday, January 20th, we swore in a new President here in America, who happens to be one of the most controversial leaders we’ve elected in some time. It looks like President Trump is going to bring about a lot of change. I sure hope the good outweighs the bad. Only time will tell.

This development, and the start of a new year, certainly gets people thinking about change. And sometimes it’s a little scary, or unsettling at least. But let’s have some fun with it! Let us consider for a moment the thought that if you could simply wave the proverbial magic wand and bring about a change in your classroom, your school, your students, the education system, etc., what might that change be?

I recently wrote about some of the topics I am passionate about heading into this new year, and all of these are ultimately based in bringing about change … smarter homework, better security, more meaningful uses of technology in the classroom, embracing brain science in our approach to teaching, and so on. So how about you? What are the changes you want to see that will make your classroom or school more productive, help students embrace lifelong learning, encourage your colleagues to see things differently, or otherwise make the world of education a better place?

This is a chance to have your voice heard. I hope you will click here to comment and share your thoughts. :)



Kelly Walsh is Chief Information Officer at The College of Westchester, in White Plains, NY, where he also teaches. In 2009, Walsh founded He frequently delivers presentations and training on a variety of related topics at schools and conferences across the U.S. His eBook, the Flipped Classroom Workshop-in-a-Book is available here. Walsh became the Community Administrator for the Flipped Learning Network in June of 2016. In his "spare time" he also writes, records, and performs original music ... stop by and have a listen!

[Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are my own, or those of other writers, and not those of my employer. - K. Walsh]

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Jeff January 29, 2017 at 10:04 am

Get rid of teacher evaluation tied to student testing. We cannot control the home life many of our students come out of.

Madison January 23, 2017 at 10:39 am

Very interesting and thoughtful indeed, what would we change about education and teaching…well, we’d like to see more classrooms making the most of mobile devices and technology in a way that is creative and meaningful, and we’d like to see improved IT infrastructure to ensure that all schools can make the most of their technology and digital devices!

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