Tuesday, December 6, 2011


            Reframing involves rewriting expectations.  We all had expectations for our role and the teachers’ roles when we were in school.  Many of us played school well.  Vicki Davis explains this mindset well in the k12Online presentation, Lead The World, which she and Julie Lindsay submitted as team captains in the conference. The majority of students and teachers in k-20 frame school in one way and have been able to do so well for a long time.
            Gallo explains that, “Reframing demands a tolerance for ambiguity.”  (1993, p.27)  Adding discrepant events to the frame will unsettle the expectations.  In the Dead Poets Society, the teacher reframes the classroom status quo to increase the likelihood of their deep learning.  Standing on the teachers’ desk or holding class in the hallway disrupts our expectations, they are discrepant and open students to learning at higher levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy.
            Flat Classroom® Projects reframe the expectations of groupwork. As Vicki explains in her presentation, the traditional expectation is that each student in a group will write a paragraph, sign their names, and these paragraphs are then pasted onto the wiki. Students in Flat Classroom® Projects are asked to move beyond the usual expectation of individual work, beyond the dominant frame of a student in school.
           Schools have been factories, modeled after the industrial revolution. This frame of reference is structural, with many rules, codes, and policies. The social architecture of school is ready for reframing, from mass production into mass customization.
            Reframing education involves changing perspectives.  It has been about us (the adults affected by the educational system).  It is time for education to be all about them (the students affected by the educational system).
Bolman, L. G., & Deal, T. E, (2008). Reframing organizations: Artistry, choice, and leadership. (4th ed.). San Francisco, CA: Wiley.
Gallo, J. V. (1993). Teaching about reframing with films and videos. Journal of Management Education, 17(1), 127-132.

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