I'm working on a curriculum project, Plugged-In to Nonfiction with my literacy mentor, Janet Allen, this week, so I was not able to go to San Antonio for NECC. However, I have been dipping in as often as possible and I was thrilled to listen in to Chris Lehmann's session this afternoon.

School is real life. Sometimes, if we're really being honest, it doesn't seem like it. When my first grader brings home worksheet after worksheet of math facts I wonder. Surfing new blogs recently I cam across this by Christopher Johnson. What do we want? What do students need to know and be able to do? Once we begin to talk honestly and to define that, how do we make it happen? And not just happen for one classroom or one teacher or one department or a few schools, but happen everywhere so that when my son gets to high school I know he will be changing himself and the world in which we live. That kind of shift, monumental as it is, is what I want.

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Tags: Chris Lehmann, change, expectations, students

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