Is there "a difference between a 'student' and a 'learner,' between a 'teacher' and an 'educator.' Teachers want their students to be responsible and curious. They expect their students to follow class rules and do their homework. But what about the reverse? What do students want from their teachers?"
Psychology incorporates all of these "things": You should be in the classroom when Freud's 5 psychosexual stages are put forward (humour, lively environment and wonder!).
Start the class with pop music which links to the topic (understanding their world).
At the first lesson when I have asked students to write on the board what they want from the lessons (the only one of the above they have ever written down was humour). When I asked them to give me examples of what they meant, they could not. When I explained that they needed to tell me what they meant by "fun classes", as I was I trained to teach and tutor, not to make jokes, they were unable to tell me.
When I conducted conformity research by having a group of students walking down the corridor dancing to music played over the intercom to see whether other students would conform by joining in, I demonstrated what they meant by fun.
I have learnt from more enlightened others that a Tutor / Educator guides by pointing out where to find the relevant information plus discussion questions which allows learners to share information, analyse and evaluate during class. After more questions which stimulate arguments, the learners are given a question to answer.
Children today want quick answers and do not take the time to think things through. This is probably the result of living in today’s age of technological instant gratification. It is becoming increasingly challenging for teachers to successfully grab and hold students’ attention long enough for them to process the information they receive using critical thinking skills.
This is why homeschooling is so crucial. If children are given the tools: educational games, toys, books and resources at home, from they get up in the morning they are interacting with a variety of learning resources which develop their brain. Games such as: *Mathlink Cubes an interactive and visual way to get to grips with mathematics - a hands-on manipulative kit can be used to teach a range of maths concepts to all ages;
*Homeschoolsource's classic game of charades is designed especially for children to help them play and learn. This educational game will help children express themselves by acting out a charade.
*Help develop their creativity with geological material such as crystals and gemstones. Or what about the ecology of the solar system or Uncle Milton’s Star Theatre for creating light like Halley’s Comet?
*As they get older you provide word games, lateral thinking puzzles, dictionaries and thesaurus's to develop their verbal thinking and expression and challenge existing views (critical thinking).
*Microscopes and Binoculars illustrate different views of the world. They encourage lateral thinking, leading children to question: “What if?”
With these home resources children will learn to get their own answers and develop critical thinking through interaction with learning tools. At school the teachers will be the ones rushing out to find these homeschoolsources!!!!
The benefit to the children will be the amount of learning they will absorb from the practical events created by engineers and scientists. Children will get the opportunity to practice using their brains. The adults will discover new ways of experiencing and explaining phenomena sparked off by the children's curiosity.
Therefore we need to use 21st century strategies: home school learning, starting with pre-schoolers being given educational toys, games, books and resources which they are able to interact with in their own time without the pressure of classrooms, some of these strategies can be examined at http://www.homeschoolsource.co.uk
There is some very useful information for educators: The Montessori approach: mixed age classrooms, students’ choice of activities, constructivist / discovery learning rather than direct instruction. Homeschooling where students are given freedom to follow their own interest with a rich assortment of resources; Multiple Intelligences: where resources encourage students to use different ways of learning.
In TESpro this week (via @teachtolearn_) they produced a list of 10 items that all teachers should have in their classrooms to aid differentiation stretching those at the top and supporting those a...
Dictionaries, Thesauri, model answers, keyword displays, list of List of command words linked to Bloom’s Taxonomy, A variety of books linked to your subject, Computers, Scrap paper to write /plan on, Thoughts box, Newspaper or website articles. These are the items produced by TESpro.
In addition; how about getting students to teach parts of the lesson. They can use the whiteboard, powerpoint and note cards which can be passed around. This could be a very effective way of memorising.
Using video and podcasts to flip your classroom is a big task that could yield big results if done properly. Here are some quick tips.
Some tips: Put some of your lessons on powerpoint or give your students access to your lesson booklets by email so that they can read the contents before the lesson. This means that they can take part in classroom discussions. To be successful, students must contribute to the class therefore changing teaching methods should be discussed with the students beforehand. The understanding that comes from using the material, rather than being lectured to can be very enjoyable for students.
During your lifetime you have probably experienced inspirational educators, or witnessed inspiring lectures. But, what about you? Are you such an educator? If not, why not? In this talk, I [Zaid Alsagoff] explored some of the ingredients top educators in the 21st century have, and how we can learn from them to reinvent ourselves to reach our true potential as an educator. This talk was given on the 9 February (2013) at Jazan University (Saudi Arabia).
I am taking this a bit further. How do you programme someone to become a potential 21st Century Educator? Start from the home by educating pre-schoolers. The Piagetian and Montessori idea of presenting children with a variety of educational toys and games suitable for their age and helping them to assimilate new learning is basically simple. This is just the beginning..........
In today's economic reality, it is more important than ever that we help children and young adults learn about managing money. While this is not a typical
Children can learn from home starting with a multiple of educational games and toys, leading to applications such as Savings Spree. This is a game that illustrates the choices related to making financial decisions. It also demonstates some of the uncontrollable factors involved when managing your own money.
These early learning games are fun experiences and children are more likely to remember what they are seeing, hearing and doing.
"Here, kids watch the needlessly controversial Cheerios commercial featuring a biracial family and comment on it. None of them can tell the interviewer what’s wrong with the spot. The video is part of a Fine Bros. series that has kids, teens, and elderly people react to viral videos, news stories, or trends."
Robin Good: Must-read article on ClutterMuseum.com by Leslie M-B, exploring in depth the opportunity to have students master their selected topics by "curating" them, rather than by reading and memorizing facts about them.
"Critical and creative thinking should be prioritized over remembering content"
"That students should learn to think for themselves may seem like a no-brainer to many readers, but if you look at the textbook packages put out by publishers, you’ll find that the texts and accompanying materials (for both teachers and students) assume students are expected to read and retain content—and then be tested on it.
Instead, between middle school (if not earlier) and college graduation, students should practice—if not master—how to question, critique, research, and construct an argument like an historian."
This is indeed the critical point. Moving education from an effort to memorize things on which then to be tested, to a collaborative exercise in creating new knowledge and value by pulling and editing together individual pieces of content, resources and tools that allow the explanation/illustration of a topic from a specific viewpoint/for a specific need.
And I can't avoid to rejoice and second her next proposition: "What if we shifted the standards’ primary emphasis from content, and not to just the development of traditional skills—basic knowledge recall, document interpretation, research, and essay-writing—but to the cultivation of skills that challenge students to make unconventional connections, skills that are essential for thriving in the 21st century?"
Brilliant. This is an example of what is known as "flipping" where the student is directed to where information can be found, e.g. Youtube, websites, powerpoint, etc and set critical evaluative questions.
Home School Learning is an ideal example of students as curators of their learning. It is essential for children to learn to be in charge of their learning from pre-school in order to develop essential evaluative and critical analytical skills. firstname.lastname@example.org.
This must be a good idea. The earlier we start children learning about the world in which they live, the easier it will be for them to make their own decisions about what they will want to do later on in their lives. Ideas on toys linked to engineering can be found on homeschoolsource.co.uk
Howard Gardner's theory of multiple intelligences proposes that when you judge someone's level of intelligence you should not base your analysis on one general ability, but on a range of abilities.
Multiple Intelligences mean that we have the ability to learn in different ways. Every child should have the opportunity to explore how they learn different concepts, ideas, games, skills, language, music,etc, etc, etc... Gardner's Theory can be exploited in many ways. One way is to examine a website such as http://www.homeschoolsource.co.uk where a vast array of educational toys, games and reading material can be purchased for all children from pre-school up to university.
There are dozens of great brainstorming and organizing tools available on the web to help students prepare for writing assignments and develop their
There are graphic organisers such as concept mapping, webbing and mind mapping. These can be used instead of note taking, where the main concepts, ideas and information is presented on one piee of paper. These are examples of visual learning.
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