No Future Left Behind: Peggy Sheehy’s Student Video that Everyone Should see

The students of Suffern Middle School are keynoting the NetGenEd Project, a collaboration with Don Tapscott, author of Grown Up Digital, Discovery Educators Network, and Flat Classroom projects.  This video is so good that I'm in tears watching it. Have seen it so many times already.  Wow!  (Feel free to join our Ning and participate.)

We intentionally asked Peggy and her middleschoolers because first of all, we know that they are GREAT but secondly because the NetGenEd students are asking educators to change the paradigm and allow teachers to also learn from students.  So, to turn “keynoting” on its ear, we are showing the high schoolers how they can learn from elementary kids and it is creating a teachable moment — a discussion flashpoint to demonstrate to them what it means for the “tables to be turned” on the teachers by literally turning the tables on the students.

Here is the Teacher Tube Link if you tube is blocked for you– pass it on.

Peggy and the students from Suffern Middle School — I predict this is the next viral video.  You've done an incredible job.  Peggy, thank you for letting the students storyboard and Marianne, thank you for filming with the kids on your snowday.  The fact that they would work at this at home while on a snowday speaks volumes.

These are tears for what education can and should be.  OK, gotta go watch it again!

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Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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GilMattos March 5, 2009 - 1:10 pm

I really liked it and have been thinking about it a lot recently. There’s certainly a lot of food for thought here. Leaving our comfort zones – no easy task at all, but then again, if not now – when?
Thanks a lot for sharing.

Brock September 22, 2009 - 12:06 pm

Fantastic video! It comes from students and is for students. This is the best way to have it.

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