A few weeks ago when I was out of the class I showed my three Economics class “The Science of Motivation” by Dan Pink. The next class period, the discussion that ensued blew me away. “It is so true Mrs. Hale!” “If that’s how it is working in the real world why can’t we do that in school?” All questions that I have been wrestling with over the last few months. I consider myself pretty well integrated with technology in the classroom but have known that there is still a gap between the students learning and my teaching.
- How do I meet them where they are and where society expects them to be when they leave my classroom?
- Furthermore, how do I do this and prepare them for an AP Exam?
Some questions Jeff Utecht asked today in “Finding More Time in the Classroom”
- Why are we asking students to drop their social lives at the school door when we do not do the same?
- Why do we get face to face in the classroom?
- Shouldn’t the learning that takes place in the classroom put the context to the content the students are learning?
Are we doing our students a disservice when we waste time lecturing to them about information they can easily access in less than 2,3,5 minutes? My resounding answer is yes! My goal as a teacher is to guide students in the learning process. All educators would agree that we cannot force a student to learn the material. The process by which we instruct needs to change and adapt according to our audience. Students are changing. Society is changing. We need to change.
Still skeptical things are changing? Check out “A Day Made of Glass”