Founded in 1943, ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) is an educational leadership organization dedicated to advancing best practices and policies for the success of each learner.
Wonderful article. I will read several times.............so much to think about.
"When we have an easy connection to the people and resources we need to learn whatever and whenever we want, what fundamental changes need to happen in schools to provide students with the skills and experiences they need to do this type of learning well? Or, to put it more succinctly, are we preparing students to learn without us?"
I sense many don't want to lose the "power" and authority. For many, the idea of being able to spontaneously respond in the classroom is quite frightening considering the past allowed them to plan lessons weeks in advance. Fluid reasoning is needed to catch the "fly balls" this kind of learning requires. Not everyone is comfortable with that.
We need a new take on education (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Quick show of hands: How many of you actually enjoy doing homework? That's more or less what I figured. (I don't see anyone with their hands raised.) A 1948 U.S.
The idea that a college diploma is an all-but-mandatory ticket to a successful career is showing fissures. Risky? Perhaps. But it worked for the founders of Twitter, Tumblr and a little company known as Apple.
I watch my niece finish up an assignment for science class when she said something that is heart breaking for educators.
Very sad commentary on how kids view much of what they do in school. How do we change this? Can we?
As I reflect on what I know about my kids, it seems things changed once they had a goal that wasn't just "to graduate". If the goal is diffuse and nebulous, then it seems you would be more likely to get responses such as these (UNLESS it was an area of interest OR the teacher was amazingly inspiring).
My 19 year old went from being a 16 year old skateboarder who spent most of the time in class listening to headphones to a college kid posting Richard Feynman -The Law of Gravitation on FB. I never saw it coming. He is very engaged now. And NOT because of a future job, but because he is now "turned on" to physics.
I've always believe that to truly have impact on performance, we need to be experts at Behavior Change. I've written a few times over the years on aspects of solutions that ultimately drive a change in behavior that leads to performance improvement. I'm now working on an very interesting project that is designed to lead to some important changes in behavior that has already had dramatic impacts. But we want to push for more, so ultimately this post is asking for help, please comment or tweet (add @tonykarrer) on:
What online systems have you seen that ultimately drive behavior change?
What do these systems do that leads to behavior change?
"This report analyzes key drivers that will reshape the landscape of work and identifies key work skills needed in the next 10 years. It does not consider what will be the jobs of
To be successful in the next decade, individuals will need to demonstrate foresight in navigating a rapidly shifting landscape
of organizational forms and skill requirements. They will increasingly be called upon to continually reassess the skills they need, and quickly put together the right resources to develop and update these. Workers in the future will need to be adaptable lifelong learners"
Love the trajectory here and implications for teachers (and learners). I see progress, in terms of people aligning what they do with what is needed. We still have a long way to go.
There is nothing easy about trying to boost academic outcomes for poor kids.
Mary Perfitt-Nelson's insight:
“We cannot fix what’s wrong with our schools until we are prepared to have honest conversations about poverty and race,” Lewis said. “Until we do, we will be mired in the no-excuses mentality [that] poverty doesn’t matter. Poverty matters a lot when you are teaching children who are distracted by their lives. Poverty matters a lot when you are teaching children who have seen trauma like none of us in this room can imagine.”
Welcome to our programme of analysis of school systems’ performance in a global context. We’re sharing the data and conclusions to help researchers and policymakers identify the common elements of effective education.
The evolution of education continues at a staggering pace.
This disrupter has the power to: 1. Bring about massive educational change. 2. Engage large groups of students and educators. 3. Create educational environments in the real and virtual world. 4. Design and execute dynamic and interactive learning. 5. Continue the educational evolution and add to the movement.