The first question that I get asked when people find out that I’ve started a school: what makes Anastasis Academy different? And this is a tricky one to answer, because the truth is EVERYTHING makes us different. It’s hard to describe something that no one has seen before, so you begin to relate it with ideas and concepts that people are familiar with. The more I’ve talked about Anastasis, the more I’ve begun to really recognize what it is at the heart that makes us so different. It is our starting point and driving force: students-with-names.
That may seem like a strange comment to make, “students-with-names,” because, of course they have names! But in education, we make a lot of decisions without these specific students-with-names in mind. We make decisions for students as if they are a homogeneous group, or worse, a number.
As if they don’t have special interests/passions/gifts.
I never took drivers ed, but when I was 14, my parents took me to a driver safety course. I remember very little of the night but one thing that stood out was the phrase: “look where you want to go and steer in that direction.” The course instructor was offering solid advice for what to do if you hit a patch of ice and lost control of the car. That advice stuck with me and, as I navigate Colorado winters, is something I practice regularly. As it turns out, this has been good advice for education and life as well. Sometimes you have to not only look at where you want to go, but steer in that direction as well. This is how a blog led to starting a school.
I started Dreams of Education on March 8, 2010. At the time I had filled my Google reader to the brim with post feeds from educators around the world. I was being inspired and fed daily by my world-wide personal learning network and yet in the s...