Don’t be a sage on the stage be a meddler in the middle of your classroom
You know how sometimes you sit and listen to speakers and your eyes glaze over and you start to daydream or worse struggle to stay awake? Well I have just been in a staff PD session run by Erica McWilliams. And it was fabulous. She was passionate, inspiring, amusing and academically rigorous in her presentation. I took a few notes during the session and to the best of my recollections here they are.
In the future world of work, knowledge creators will the only people whose jobs will not be outsourced. What does this mean for our students ?
- They must learn to take risks and try new things
- They must become producers not consumers of knowledge.
- They must take risks, try new things,
- They must be self starting, self managing, self critical and self evaluating
What does this mean for us as teachers?
- We must ask better questions not just expect better answers
- We must ensure that their learning is not comfortable, that it is risky and confronting.
- We must say things like ‘We are in design mode it’s okay to make mistakes now’
- We must have clear learning goals and explicit learning intentions
- We must help them to develop complexity in their thinking. By asking them to do things such as design their own homework and their own tests.
- We must get them to design a one star, two star and three star questions.
- We must ensure that they are always working harder than we are.
But above all we must make sure that they know what to do when they don’t know what to do. As this is rapidly becoming an essential and fundamental 21st century skill.
Food for thought indeed. And ones which align so closely with my own views on teaching and learning. As well as those of The Habits of Mind which I am also learning about this week.
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