Educational systems must be aware of the world they turn graduated students into and must adjust accordingly. We must consider changing the way the school day looks to better suit the needs of our learners instead of forcing all of our learners to fit into the landscape that was created over 100 years ago.
Too often, teachers worry like this... especially in the current climate of fear that many education reforms have created. It's time for educators to take back control of the system and worry smart, look ahead and problem solve so that our education system can do what it is meant to do.
Going to these historical sites has always been a launching point for further inquiry and interest. After learning one new thing, I want to learn more and am able to connect what I see with what happened and the new experiences I'm personally bringing. Imagine what this can do for our students.
Self-assessment is a valuable tool as it gives students the ability to really consider their learning and equally as importanly, share that understanding with the teacher. Once we understand what students know and can do, both demonstrated in the work and their ideas about the work, we can adjust instruction and/or class pacing as needed. The more adept students become with this tool, the better tailored class time and assessments can be.
The more involved and authentic we make end of year assessment of learning, the more engaged the students will be in their learning all year. Ownership of one's learning is an essential way of making learning more meaningful for each individual child and that's what we must shoot for as much as we can.
As we consider what education needs to look like, we must think about homework differently. How will you rebrand it or repurpose it in your classes? What will the impact be?
As we move deeper into the 21st century and technology continues to change what and how we have access to learning, we must consider the impact of these changes on our learners and adjust as needed. This is how we will serve students best.
Technology has made it possible to give students that one on one attention and differentiation in ways that class time conferences may not be able to accomplish. Time is our most valuable commodity and as teachers, we just don't have that much of it. Using apps and other technology like Voxer makes it considerably easier to do the kinds of things we always want to do with our students.
Let's hope that schools will cooperate with students needing more time with high school level courses so they won't have to resort to this type of subterfuge. And if your high school is still pushing kids out to pay college tuition for high school courses, for god's sake do something about it. It isn't that complicated.
Academic research can be frustrating, but we must expose students to the library before they get to college to ensure success.