Leading Connected Classrooms- Sucking the Life Out of Learning

Over the next month, this blog will feature excerpts and guest posts surrounding my latest book, Leading Connected Classrooms- The Heart and Soul of Teaching and Learning. This book is designed for teachers, teacher leaders, and building leaders who are looking to bring excellence to the learning in their schools.


Watching young learners wilt is one of the most difficult things for passionate educators. Learners enter school eager, with a genuine beauty, in their desire to learn. They ask questions. They make meaning. They construct paths for their knowledge to fit together. Slowly, and mostly without notice, the passion of learning is sucked out of these young minds. In school after school, and in classroom after classroom, the fuel that keeps these young minds sharp and eager is slowly removed from the system. It is a rare classroom where play and passion remain in the forefront throughout the K–12 experience. In many places, it starts with worksheets and homework that have little to do with building skills, knowledge, or application. It extends to a grading system that focuses only on point gathering. It begins to pull the arts, physical education, science, and social studies from an equal standing with other areas of learning. It has students buried in textbooks, and the opportunities to work outside the normal become a way of the past. None of this happens all at once, but at a rate and pace that isn’t noticed by students, parents, or the community.