I have been challenged by Jen Roberts and Alice Chen to write a blog post about 5 things that we need to “stop pretending” when it comes to education. But I’m not a complaining type of person, so while I will not only share with you what we need to “stop pretending,” I will also share ways we can start to #makeschooldifferent.
Here it goes:
1. Let’s stop pretending that standardization works. Let’s start personalizing learning and begin collaborating with students to design lessons and PBL experiences that connect to the real world.
2. Let’s stop pretending teacher centered classrooms works. Let’s start designing student centered classrooms where students’ interests are honored.
3. Let’s stop pretending worksheets are good pedagogy. Let’s start demonstrating how technology can be used to transform learning and promote creativity, collaboration, communication skills, and critical thinking.
4. Let’s stop pretending that memorizing is learning. Instead, let’s start to make learning meaningful through project based learning. And not the “let’s all make a cute project” kind of PBL, but the kind of PBL that makes a real impact on the community. Let’s start inspiring students to master life long skills like creative confidence, communication, collaboration, and critical thinking.
5. Let’s stop pretending that teachers can do the job alone. Instead, let’s embrace collaboration of all stakeholders to #makeschooldifferent→ parents, teachers, administrators, support staff, students, and the local community should work together, not against each other, to impact student learning. After all, we are not designing schools but rather learning environments and learning can happen anywhere!
As these types of challenges go, I must now pass the challenge on to 5 people. I challenge my Share #YourEdustory friends: Christy Fennewald @christyfenne, Bjorn Paige @BjornPaige, Jessica Vannasdall @mrsvannasdall, Andrew Thomasson @thomasson_engl, and Steve Brophy @SteveBrophy3. I can’t wait to read what you all have to say about how you will #makeschooldifferent. Please tag me on your posts!