Will Richardson responds to the question,"If you were a principal of a new school and you were hiring teachers, what would you look for?” Above all, he says, he’d look for candidates who ask “why” instead of “how”:
I think that's one of the first things I'd look for, people who are asking why. Why are we using blogs in the classroom? Why is this in the curriculum? Why are we making this decision? So much of the "how" stuff is figure-outable on our own that I wonder why we spend time on it.
Incidentally, the mysterious “someone” who asked Richardson this question was (lo and behold) me—as part of an extensive and very interesting interview I did with him on the topic of 21st century learning and educational change. Consider this a teaser ...
A version of this news article first appeared in the Teaching Now blog.