My first time snorkeling was over a decade ago. Much like the image below, I stayed close to the shore and skimmed the surface. I could see a few small fish swimming. While it was fun, I don’t know that I left that experience knowing anything more about the ocean.
have several friends who are encouraging me to add scuba diving to my list of things to try. They talk with enthusiasm about the discoveries made as you go deeper into the sea. It’s as if one really starts to “understand” the magic of the sea “up close” and “in detail”. They walk away from the experience with a new appreciation for the ocean and lots of detailed stories to tell.
As educators, I wonder what would happen if we collectively agreed to scuba dive instead of snorkel? For example, many schools and districts are receiving state data. I wonder what would happen if we collectively committed to diving deep into the data until we begin to appreciate and value the knowledge that the data gives us? I wonder …
Who is willing to give this a try? It might be scary at first. Similar to scuba diving in the ocean, we just might quickly discover that the hardest part is jumping off the side of the boat. The rest becomes a place of discovery.