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Teaching 24/7? Isn't the day long enough?

Teaching 24/7?   Isn't the day long enough? | Teacher Leadership Weekly | Scoop.it
What does moving some part of class online do to the way teachers think about time? Stop and just imagine how your day might change if this was your teaching assignment and how might you restructure time.
annenamuth's comment, June 30, 2012 10:12 AM
The older students are, the better this model will work. I've taught adults in class and online -- and classes that are both. My primary teaching assignment is 7th grade. Tweens and young teens aren't old enough to help themselves get the most out of an online learning experience. Online for them is still YouTube and Facebook.
ratzelster's comment, June 30, 2012 11:49 AM
I think you make a great distinction. But I also wonder if younger students, like your 7th graders, wouldn't be able to use this method with some more support. The support would include ramp-up lessons on how to watch an education video, take notes and other study skills that might not be obvious to them. It would take us time to break apart the learning process done this way, but I think it is possible.

Could you see doing that with your class on a couple days a week.... maybe start off one day per week and then build from there?
annenamuth's comment, June 30, 2012 3:31 PM
That is something to think about. I'd like to watch another teacher first -- then I'd be able to figure out how to make it work with middle level students. I definitely see online learning as a way to supplement and fill in gaps for some students. Some of my students are eleven years old when they start 7th grade. A lot of what they learn in middle school has nothing to do with content -- it's how to be a student and how to be a friend (and find good friends).
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What Americans Keep Ignoring About Finland's School Success

What Americans Keep Ignoring About Finland's School Success | Teacher Leadership Weekly | Scoop.it
The Scandinavian country is an education superpower because it values equality more than excellence.


A great deal of attention has been directed at the success of Finland's educational system.  Can we emulate their success in America?  Anu Partanen outlines the core of Finland's success story - but her article raises the question:  Can the Finnish model be successfully applied to America?

ratzelster's comment, June 14, 2012 5:38 PM
Thanks for posting Annenamuth.....so how do we do a better job creating policy that's effective, builds on teachers successes and helps students like this?
annenamuth's comment, June 14, 2012 5:44 PM
I don't have an answer for that. Competition is a big part of my daily life as a teacher. Our school competes for more students to choice in. Teacher Accountability laws are creating competition between teachers. Students compete with each other to be in better classes. The article is interesting. It would be a huge paradigm shift to start approaching education with a focus on equality, not competition. I think it would be a good change. I did notice that the article mentions a lot of social services were offered to all kids -- like free meals and counseling. A huge shift in thinking . . . and spending.
Rod Powell's comment, June 14, 2012 5:49 PM
As luck would have it my daughter is studying abroad in Finland this month. I plan to Skype with her class tomorrow. I'll ask her Finnish classmates about their perceptions of the Finnish system.