Sunday, February 5, 2012
Friday, January 27, 2012
|Time for What?|
What if we weren't hemmed in, or were less hemmed in by the clock when it comes to learning?
Share any thoughts you have about time and education in the comments below.
"The thing we have become worst at in our schools is helping students get ready for anything except more secondary schooling. We usually do nothing to even prepare students for universities, much less anything else, and here, time is the key factor. How do you choose to "study?" Where do you choose to "study"? and of course, When do you choose to "study"? Those key questions which determine university success in many ways are completely blocked from the primary and secondary experience because we insist on running our students as if they were a (French, not American) train system, with every moment accounted for. How, with your clock training, will your students even know what to do with themselves if they get a job where some of the time-use decisions are theirs?" Ira Socol
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|Think About It|
There are so many lists of things that students should be taught, what they should be learning, and what they should know and much of those lists have to do with "21 Century Skills". But are there truly new skills that trump some of our "Old School Skills"?
Looking at this list after a meeting last night about the Next Generation Science Standards that will be appearing next year makes me see some close connections between the "science standards" and this basic top ten list. Encouraging that we might be able to find some common ground with a meaningful, manageable set of core needs for our students and society.
What are your thoughts?
- Communicate effectively, and with respect
- Be resourceful
- Be accountable
- Know how to learn
- Think critically
- Be happy
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Please add to the discussion with your ideas and comments below. Here is some food for thought. Choose one or all the questions and share your thoughts and ideas.
"Give the people control and we will use it. Don't and you will lose it".
Are school leaders losing students (i.e., as physical, emotional, or intellectual dropouts) simply because they are trying to control the system?
What would happen if students and teachers had more control over the learning process?
What if these stakeholders controlled what they learn, when they learn, how they learn, and why they learn it?
Co-collaboration / co-learning / co-construction could be the norm.photo credit: woodleywonderworks via photopin cc