I have butterflies in my stomach. I do every Sunday night before a new term starts, but this term is different because along with Simon, Hayden, Natalie and Chris, I am taking 52 students from years 3-6 on a roller coaster ride that will be like no learning any of them will have seen or experienced before.
I think the nerves are the result of the many 'what if?' questions bumping around in my head. It's one of the few school holidays in my career that I haven't spent a significant amount of time planning each hour for the next term. Those 52 students now have the power in their hands and I am scared and excited about that possibility.
Is ten weeks long enough for them to grasp learning to work using the 4Cs rather than being directed what to do? Are our expectations of these student too high? How will all of the stakeholders involved in this pilot react to how our term progresses?
Needless to say, each teacher brings their own qualities to this new learning area of Moreland Primary. I have such strong faith in our ability as a team, that's one of the beautiful characteristics of our school. The hours of planning behind the scenes are there merely to set these students up for success; the collaborative conversations, the overarching question being discussed and redefined to the point where we all looked at each other and grinned, knowing that we had nailed it.
What if we run out of time? Well, then we've probably learnt a heck of a lot along the way.
What if the question is too difficult for some students to create a solution to? I certainly hope a seed has been planted that they can connect to at some stage later in their lives.
What if some students don't make progress, either academically or with 21st century learning skills? We all learn at different speeds and in different ways. That is why this program needs to be offered, to demonstrate how ill placed standardised testing of our students is; they might not know how to use rhetorical devices to persuade an audience. YET.
As I turn off my devices for the night, I want to leave you with the question that has continued to drive me during our planning process so far.
What if we hadn't tried this?