The video from Mimi Ito is so clarifying when it comes to understanding how kids are learning nowadays. She seems to be very sure about how teachers and parents and the whole community should approach learning. It’s a question of taking advantage of the opportunities, which are constantly popping up in front of us
Kids like to hang out with each other and socialize, so there is an opportunity right there for learning. Kids want to geek out and mess around, therefore there is an opportunity for learning. They are posting and commenting on social media and, yes, once again, another opportunity to learn.
My research took me to this web page, where the NCTE states the interesting Opportunity-to-Learn Standards. It states that students have the right to achieve their full potential by focusing and building upon the strengths of learners. The standards can help ensure equitable access to high-quality education taking in consideration the diverse, multiple ways students learn. How interesting should this be if it would be respected in all educational institutions?
During the past two years, I’ve been a member of a committee in my school which is in a task force to help the students become more engaged in learning. As a result of the MSA accreditation process, the Leaders of Their Own Learning Committee was created. This committee was based on the ideas from the book of Ron Berger, who states that student-engaged assessment encourages students to become more engaged in learning.
Berger’s ideas are reiterated by Project-based learning is one of the most engaging methods to achieve those goals because it takes into consideration what is meaningful and interesting to students. This way, they become part of the process and opportunities for learning are being created all the time.to be wildly relevant for learners, their engagement, and their development. Both of them emphasize the importance of having students in the center of learning, to become problem-solvers, innovative and resilient.
Teachers have to be more sensitive and observe more in order to take advantage of those moments when they arise. Sometimes, we are attached to our curriculum and we just let an opportunity to learn slip in front of our eyes. Other times, we do realize and ignore it, in order not to bother what it seems to be the natural course of things (A.K.A. curriculum). On the other hand, we are missing a great opportunity to engage students in an interesting conversation and/or discussion, which could approximate them to the content. In a blink of an eye, kids could be identifying themselves to the subject, which makes it much more meaningful to them.