November 03, 2014

Roots

November 3, 2014 Photo (307/365): "Roots"

« Faites comme l'arbre, changer les les feuilles 
et garder les racines. Alors changez vos idées 
et gardez vos principes. » ~ Victor Hugo

"Be like a tree, change your leaves, but keep your roots intact. So change your ideas and keep your principles." After a day of discussing best practices in education at the CESA #1 Convening on Personalized Learning and listening to Alfie Kohn's riveting and controversial keynote (follow my tweets @melindamlarson #PLconf14), Hugo's words ring even truer. Regardless of the approach to personalized learning, the focus must always be on authentic student learning. To extend the metaphor, Aristotle said that "the roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet."