Many parents and school officials will likely have their own schedules and routines affected by any changes. But even small delays in favor of students can have significant effects on the quantity and quality of their nightly rest, their physical and...
I think smaller classes would also help. What if we began by putting some of the school managers back in classrooms? It would use money that is already being spent creating a focus on what education should be about: teaching and learning.
The first audience is the most immediate one. This sometimes lost as we get lost in the forest and lose sight of the trees. Mindfulness can help. Being in the present helps us see who is there in front of us.
There is no shortage of educators who wrote and continue to write about play as critical to education. Examples include John Dewey, Elliot Eisner, and Franklin Bobbit. What is interesting is that Dewey and Bobbit would be on opposite sides of curriculum thinking.
Teachers all over America are faced with this challenge of keeping students engaged in the classroom when their world outside of school is one of constant engagement and stimulation. Knowing the world outside of our institutional walls is only one step in addressing modern learning styles. How to act and adjust schools today is the next step in making the classroom of today ready for tomorrow.
How do we know that the world of students outside of school is one of constant engagement and stimulation and that this attributable to digital technologies? Using digital technology is not directly equatable to education. The student might learn, but are they learning?
Are my students being adequately prepared? This seems to be one of those questions and conversations that always come up in school. How are you preparing your students? When they are in elementary school we are trying to prepare them for junior high. When they are in junior high we are preparing them for high school. Then in high school we are preparing them for college. All along the way, we are trying to prepare our students for the real world. The funny thing is are we preparing them for something that actually matters or even exists?
Dewey's work was scientific in that he had a lab school, but he also understood what happened there was not what happened in all settings. We should make sure the community or communities have input into the process. This includes teachers, students, parents, and the community-at-large. Data is not numbers. It can include intuitions based on those who walk the path.
One of the most effective ways to provoke student thought is through the building of “rich” questions. By asking meaningful questions - and interacting with textual information – students can come to an understanding that builds upon on their own personal experiences and opinions. Through the use of a template, questions can be created in any way that you want and provide you with a specific platform to begin your questioning focus.
Today, most educational systems are designed to work from the microscopic to the macroscopic. Students learn facts and figures and tiny fractions of knowledge long before anyone really puts things into a larger context. We assume kids should learn long division before gravitational physics, but this presents a problem for [...]
I think we deceived ourselves into believing the importance of the why and what for questions. Education, in its truest forms, is all about being able to take learning and apply it to life in some meaningful way. Education and life are inseparable similar to the way teaching and learning are.
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Ivon Prefontaine's insight:
This s a very good summary about becoming a servant leader. I have always felt that education was a place this concept should thrive. Sadly, it does not. I am not sure I have seen a true educational example outside of classrooms.
The first line says it all. The word accountable needs to be changed to responsible. The former is an external process; whereas the latter is one that includes schools as existing in the community. It is much like an ecological relationship.