Now think about that question again. Are we stuck in the past or are we moving forward? It’s hard to picture learning how to use your imagination and create future innovations in a setting that essentially hasn’t changed much in over 150 years.
While classrooms have changed significantly over the last year as a result of the pandemic, many people are itching to get back to pre-pandemic classrooms. What if the pandemic has given us an opportunity to reimagine both what our classrooms and learning environments look like and what skills should be taught within them? Can you envision a classroom where imaginations can be fully engaged and activated to learn not only from history and the present, but from the possibilities of the future(s)?
Incorporating the needed intangible workforce skills into learning environments might create an image of a classroom (lasting longer than a pandemic) that Laura Ingles Wilder wouldn’t recognize.