In the meme, 5 Things We Have to Stop Pretending, Jeanne Reed points out the following:
What should we stop pretending is good in education? What are 5 things that I can help change to improve learning outcomes for students?
1. Coaching each student or staff member at their level not to a fictious middle level, #PBL, #differentiation, #noStaffLeftBehind
2. Reaching each student to become better digital citizens, #digitalCitizenship #global
3. Encouraging kids to find their passion and don’t give up, #joyOfLearning
4. Making time for collaboration, #teamwork
5. Embracing the chaos where students find a new gear that they never even knew they had, #makerEd, #kidsCanCode
Here is my list of 5 Things We Have to Stop Pretending in education to #makeschooldifferent:
We have to stop pretending that…
- Teachers can actually teach in ways described by the Classroom Learning Activity Rubric while preparing children for high stakes assessments. They can’t, and their failure makes technology embedding all the more difficult. A quick review of what is expected:
- Active Learning: All students are authentically, and actively engaged in the learning process nearly all of the time, including the use of technology.
- Authentic Assessment: Task is effectively matched to learning outcomes, audience has been defined and selected to match learning outcomes, and reflects real-world application of learning.
- Classroom Management: Teacher(s) is/are actively aware of what all students are doing, and interacting with students as they work (pushing their thinking).
- Cooperative Learning: All students work inter-dependently, clearly focused on achieving joint expectations, taking the initiative to innovate on assignment.
- Differentiation: This takes place in the areas of content, process, and product.
- Technology: Learning activities are “remix”ed and designed in ways that would not be possible to accomplish without technology.
Throw these 5 pretences at change away. Instead, embrace the power that lies within you to set yourself on fire…
- Share your passion.
- Keep moving forward.
- Be joyful.
- Be grateful.
- Be satisfied with intrinsic rewards.
Reflecting on this blog entry: This entry didn’t come out as well as i’d hoped. The first part sounds quite bitter, and the second part is…uninspiring. Oh well.
Update: You are encouraged to listen to Today in Digital Education (TIDE), a creation of Doug Belshaw and Dai Barnes, that make certain remarks about this blog entry.