Is your learning ecosystem in balance?
In the wild, an ecosystem refers to the community of living and inert features of a natural environment. Plants, animals, rocks, rainfall, and more are all interdependent in the system and, crucially, all are affected when one element is altered. Flowers will grow in a field only if the soil is rich enough, the water is plentiful enough, and the sun is bright enough. Too much—or too little—of any of these elements and the flowers will not reach their potential. They may not even bloom at all.
The same is true in the classroom. Learning ecosystems are made up of people, schools, technology, content, culture, and everything else that goes into educating a student. The textbooks purchased by the central office will affect what is taught in the classroom, and the leadership demonstrated by the superintendent will alter—for better or worse—the culture throughout the district.
Teachers, of course, are critical elements. When provided with the right resources, such as quality curriculums and tools to flip the classroom, they can take a blended learning approach that will vault their students to the next level.
Building a quality learning ecosystem is about more than just offering a few online courses and experiential learning opportunities, though. Everyone from the superintendent and principals on down through the custodians, lunch ladies, and even crossing guards must all strive to create an environment that is safe, friendly, and conducive to learning.
Students need, and deserve, schools that will allow them to grow, learn, and thrive. Like wildflowers, they have the potential to blossom into both lifelong learners and the leaders the 21st century demands, but only if all of the elements in their learning ecosystem are balanced and working well. .
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