This past week our school has been focused on the use of questions in the classroom. As I began looking into the many approaches and types of questions teachers can use effectively in the classroom I came across a great video on the Teaching Channel. This video was titled “Reading like a Historian“. I found this video quite informative and a great starting point for our teachers to begin discussing the use of questioning in the classroom. Take a look and tell me what you think or stories you have of using questioning in the classroom.
Education is in a state of flux all across the country. Districts are looking for new ways to improve learning and meet the state and federal guidelines for education. As districts look at these different techniques and technologies, what is often overlooked is the foundation.
There is a great story about the famous basketball coach John Wooden. One of his first lessons that he taught his college players when they came to UCLA was how to put on their socks and shoes. He told them that this game requires you to move and change directions quickly and if your shoes and sock are not on correctly, you could get blisters or your shoe could come untied. In both cases you are then out of the game. If you are out of the game, you cannot be successful.
Today in education teachers are often overlooked as these new approaches and techniques are implemented in their schools. As districts mandate these techniques, they do not consult the fundamental aspect of their educational process, their teachers. Techniques do not teach kids, teachers do and they can often can provide valuable assistance on implementation of these new techniques. When districts overlook the fundamentals in applying new techniques and programs, they are often met with failure and frustration adding to the dilemma of education today. True change in education today cannot be successful unless it has been built on a good foundation.
As I watched the following video this morning, I wondered, as an educator are we truly preparing our students for the future or is this young man pointing out just what our education is missing. This young man named Thomas Suarez taught himself to program in multiple languages and has been creating iphone apps. Has already become quite successful at his endeavor and begun looking to the future and future projects. Yet as he puts it many of the kids his age have no idea were to look today to learn how to do something like this because it is not taught to students. Is the lack of technology taught in schools going to hinder our next generation? Watch the video below and tell me what you think.
- Thomas Suarez – TEDx Contributor (and 6th Grader) (thetechscoop.net)
- Bustin Jieber: The 12-Year-Old App Developer Who Taught Himself To Code Goes … – TechCrunch (techcrunch.com)
- Middle schooler iPhone app programmer (holykaw.alltop.com)
- Sixth-Grade iPhone Developer of the Day (geeks.thedailywh.at)
- 6th Grader Makes iPhone Apps! (wycd.radio.com)
- Sixth-Grade Developer Teaches Students How to Make Apps (good.is)
- Watch a 12-Year-Old Put Your Startup To Shame [Video] (gawker.com)
- to teach or not to teach (zealforeverything.wordpress.com)
- Innovation in education: what I’ll be talking about at the Guardian event today. (#IIE2011) (dougbelshaw.com)
Well, I am back from a great vacation and feel rested and recharged. Over the past few days as I began to catching up on my reading and correspondence it did not take long for my frustration with ed-reform and other educational issues to once again frustrate me. Then I found a ray of hope. Matt Damons speech over the past weekend on saving our schools and his defense of teachers really made me feel better as an educator. If you have not seen these videos I have embedded them below for you to watch. I highly recommend you watch them.
Matt Damon‘s Defense of Teachers
Matt Damon’s speech at the Save Our Schools March in DC
- Actor Matt Damon rallies teachers in Washington (cnn.com)
- Don’t Mess with Teachers – or Matt Damon’s Mom!! (writewireless.wordpress.com)
- Schooling Matt Damon (michellemalkin.com)
- Matt Damon Defends Teachers at Save Our Schools March (crooksandliars.com)
- Matt Damon’s Save Our Schools March Speech (educationclearinghouse.wordpress.com)
- Matt Damon is Smarter Than Most Congressmen (zwingliusredivivus.wordpress.com)
- Matt Damon Defends Teachers, Disses Camera Man in Heated Exchange (inquisitr.com)
- Matt Damon (and his Mom) Sticks Up for Teachers (firstbook.org)
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The video below is a great example of really looking at what motivates people to learn. So often schools seem to miss the mark in motivating their students. There is an intrinsic motivator in all students, the key for schools and educators is to tap into this to really achieve success. Simple saying that all students are motivated by grades leaves out a huge portion of the students population. Many students are not motivated by grades and often are turned away from school by them. Watch the video below as Dr. Tae discusses how many students are motivated today.
- Redefining Failure (theconsciousclassroom.com)
- Discipline is not a four-letter word (tomschimmer.com)
- Too Much Homework (asenseofbelonging.wordpress.com)
The video below was a project asking students to show the world as they see it. This is a very interesting video that poses some serious questions for educators. We all know that every generation is different and to be a successful teacher we have to adapt to meet the needs of the current generation. The integration of technology for the current generation is not a gimmick or fad it is how they interact, learn and live their lives. To be a successful teacher and reach the current generation technology is now a key component. Watch the video below.
- Harness the Power of Technology (acyberpilgrim.org)
- Year-Round Technology Training (eliteninjalearner.wordpress.com)
- Review of Teacher Education Colleges a Worthy Project (timesofoklahoma.com)
I was watching Helen Papagiannis on TEDxYorkU this past week and was struck by her supposition, ” make the ordinary seem extraordinary”. This really is the key, I believe in education today. Students are bombarded with technology and are constantly entertained. If their is no element of entertainment in our classrooms we will inevitably lose the attention of many students. Like it or not this is a conditioned response of the current generation. Educators need to acknowledge this fundamental component of their clientele and address it in their classrooms. I am not saying to become full fledged entertainer and I do realize that students need to learn how to interact in a traditional educational setting. However educators must acknowledge they need to make the ordinary seem extraordinary to create a true learning environment.
If you have not seen Helen Papagiannis’s “How Does Wonderment Guide the Creative Process” check it out below.