Perspective is challenging, especially if the point of view does not match your own. However, what perspective brings to the table is the chance to make an impactful movement.
This past Thursday and Friday, I left my classroom to help inform science instruction in Montana. Although I didn't make the connection at the time, the work of our science group will not only impact my current and future students but my own children. Not only does this realization make the process of writing science standards more authentic, but it drives me to consider the impact of these potential standards on students and teachers all across the state.
When a group of passionate educators with a variety of backgrounds and goals comes together, there's bound to be deep and meaningful conversations. These conversations, like how Indian Education For All (IEFA) should look in science or whether the word "predict" bridges the gap between education and industry are all important stepping stones to ensure Montana science students are life-ready. Conversations based on perspectives that push boundaries help ensure that new doors are opened; doors that will positively impact what happens in Montana schools.
Some of the most impactful changes throughout history, like the industrial revolution and the Apollo missions, came as a result of the dreams and persistence of individuals and groups. These individuals pushed against traditional ideas and mindsets to drive a movement. I believe, as educators, it's our responsibility to drive with an innovator's mindset. When we challenge, push boundaries, and try new and innovative approaches, we see our profession and students through a whole new lens.
As our MT science standard writing team moves through the process of standard adoption, I hope that our conversations will help bridge the gap between perspective and a movement. In return, I hope that our conversations make it possible for MT educators to think about and teach science differently, causing a movement across our state.