|One size doesn't fit all|
Friday, March 02, 2018
Social education / demands of social media / what is school about? / quality curriculums / developing responsible students / the 'hurried' generation
By Allan Alach
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‘Social learning is one of the vital components of contemporary learning and development. None of us lives in a vacuum, and we are better, stronger and wiser when we learn and work together. Russian psychologist Lev Vygotsky (1978) argued that we learn best when we are immersed in a socially rich, culturally relevant environment.’
Secret Teacher: social media makes it impossible to switch off from work
‘Social media and messaging apps are a blessing and a curse for t
What students know that experts don't: School is all about signaling, not skill-building
‘There is a massive gap between school and work, between learning and earning. While the labor market rewards good grades and fancy degrees, most of the subjects schools require simply aren't relevant on the job. Literacy and numeracy are vital, but few of us use history, poetry, higher mathematics or foreign languages after graduation. The main reason firms reward education is because it certifies (or "signals") brains, work ethic and conformity.’
Storytelling - A way into writing
‘I have taught writing both ways...formally through modelling and experience, and informally t
What Is a 'Quality' Curriculum?
‘Curriculum is a special case, however. Designing and delivering lessons—a.k.a. curriculum and
Once we've totally lost those, there is no profession left. Teachers will be technicians, dispensing pre-selected knowledge using pre-determined methods and materials. Autonomy, creativity and purpose? Gone.’
Contributed by Bruce Hammonds:
The New Zealand Curriculum (2007) - was lost but now is found.
With the end of national standards, it’s time to dig out those dusty copies of the New Zealand curriculum, as Bruce has done in this article.
‘I envisage classrooms as true learning communities of scientists and artists exploring their concerns, the local environment and the wider world past and present. Such classrooms I see as mini Te Papas ( or perpetual science, art, maths technology fair type exhibits) with every available space covered with displays/exhibitions of quality research, art and language based on the themes, studies, topics and investigations.'
Personalized Learning: What It Really Is and Why It Really Matters
Let's be honest: as an academic term of art, personalized
learning is horrible. It has almost no descriptive value. What does it mean to
"personalize" learning? Isn't learning, which is done by individual
learners, inherently personal? What would it mean to personalize learning? And
who would want unpersonalized learning?’
The Six Must-Have Elements Of High Quality Project-Based Learning
The Best Ways to Shift Learning Responsibilities to Our Students
‘Teachers are in the position to foster engagement and develop necessary skills and self-
motivation. Alongside this they can model persistence in the face of challenges to achieve a desired goal. Let’s talk about how teachers can shift learning responsibilities from them selves to their learners.’
Setting pupils 'incompatible with social justice’
‘Research by the UCL Institute of Education finds that setting by 'ability' is a 'pernicious tool' that reinforces social hierarchies Grouping pupils into sets is "incompatible with social justice" as it entrenches the dominance of the middle classes at the expense of disadvantaged children, according to the latest findings from a major research project.’
From Bruce’s ‘goldie oldies’ file:
Kids from Chaos - our achievement tail?
‘I have always thought that it is the lack of authenticity about our programmes that all too often create the various categories of failing students in our society. Such students do not fit into 'our' preplanned programmes - success being assessed as students going along with what is offered. 'One size fits most of the students' - the rest are sacrificed; standardization only suits standard kids!’
'Superkids'; the hurried generation!
‘Two basic metaphors have underpinned learning but now we have third. The first (and oldest) is the idea of the blank slate, or tabular rosa. Much of the current school curriculum developments, imposed on schools, continues this metaphor with its obsession on educational measurement and the need to demonstrate the ‘added value’ the students have gained