“Teaching is only demonstrating that it is possible. Learning is making it possible for yourself.” ― Paulo Coelho, The Pilgrimage
Hang with me. I am aware this may sound controversial. I'm also aware I am on my soapbox here. :)
I've been reading on Twitter and Facebook and in articles about the lead up to Digital Learning Day. There were all kinds of ideas about how to make it wonderful. There were links to sites with lesson plans guaranteed to be awesome. There were posts designed to get people to share what they were going to do for "Digital Learning Day". The more I read, the more bothered I became by the whole idea. Here's what I think.
1. Digital Learning "Day" encourages the idea that we should make a big deal out of something that should be the norm. Many schools are working toward incorporating technology into the way they teach students. By focusing on one day, we imply that we will not be trying to incorporate technology any of the other days. It also implies that the use of technology in the classroom has to be some spectacular show-stopping event. Digital learning is about…Continue
How many times have you said it or heard a colleague say it? I'm sure I've said it. I know I have heard others say it.
That's the way I've always done it.
So I am wondering….. Just because you have taught a certain skill or concept a certain way in the past, does that mean it's the only way it can be taught? Is there really only one correct way to teach a skill? I've been thinking about this a lot over the past year and a half as my school district has worked to know, understand, and teach the new Common Core Standards. To be truthful, we have thought about that statement, "But that's the way I've always done it.", since our 1:1 Laptop initiative began.
Here is my point: Why not try a new approach? Why not try to teach a different way? Teaching with technology in the hands of students and teachers is terrifying. Absolutely terrifying. But more terrifying, I think, is sticking to the way we've always done it. Students are…Continue
Are you ready to galvanize your students' 21st century skills?Galvanize: Verb. To StimulateThe gauntlet is down. Education, government and industry leaders desire and require today's students to be technically literate, ingenious, globally…Continue