I suppose the key to these is the key competencies of our national curriculum and ensuring we are getting it right in the classroom.
- Focus a good deal of your teaching on “learning how to learn” skill development. Read up on how to teach study skills, learning to learn skills, research skills, inquiry skills. Make sure that your students grow both in terms of content they learn and the “learning to learn” skills they need to develop in order to learn well in the future.
- Make “asking questions” central to your teaching and to your learning environment and school culture.
- Give students more choices and options – in the classroom.
- Use inquiry strategies, research skill building activities, interactive learning and projects as critical parts of teaching. Incorporate more interest based projects into your curriculum.
- Where possible, make learning experiences more “authentic”. Ask “how does this relate?” How can you provide students with a concrete understanding of their future options? Can you take field trips to different places of business? Colleges and universities? Bring in speakers?
- Create more ways to integrate learning across the curriculum and consider ways to redesign the curriculum. When redesigning or renewing the curriculum, examine whether curriculum materials or programs have a significant component built around developing curiosity, motivation, relevance and interest.
There is little doubt there are lots of challenges here but it up to us as teachers to challenge ourselves to create authentic learning environments.
When I think about blogging I think about some great quotes.
‘May you live in interesting times’, the Chinese saying goes; or as Charles Dickens’s wrote about the Victorian Era, it is the ‘best of and the worst of times’.
Blogging is interesting, reflective. This feels a bit like a therapy session. If you’d told me two years ago that I’d be reading blogs I would have laughed in your face. Blogs were written by sad people who had no life and were total bores down the pub at the end of term. Forgive me fellow bloggers for thinking this, as I couldn’t be more wrong I think this is the thing that has and will continue to have the biggest impact for me. The teaching profession is full of people who work unbelievably hard for the students they teach and yet these people still take so much time to reflect and share their experiences to help others to learn, challenge themselves and grow. These blogs provide me with ideas ranging from small things to try out in a lesson, to huge developmental projects, to a complete challenge of ‘everything you ever thought you knew about. I would like to thank you blogosphere for making me a better teacher indeed better person.
I owe so much to the people I have connected with. I am sure you feel the same way. Just being at this Conference makes me realize I am part of something bigger, and pretty special.Whether face to face or virtually, I have been able to connect and work with dazzling people who have challenged me and opened my eyes up to so many possibilities. These people have challenged me and asked me am I being the best I can be?
I wonder sometimes just how different my career, and life for that matter, would have been if I wasn’t able to make those connections.
I have just explained why we should use twitter, or why we should blog, why we should join communities or even why we should join/create a PLN. I hope I have challenged others and got them to do/try something new. Try the Pond. Being an innovator.
I am not telling you anything you don’t already know. Connecting with other educators opens us…
My classes are currently setting up their user accounts and learning how to using the blended learning environment. It is wonderful how students set their own rules and have a knack for giving things a go. I still do not believe they are digital natives.
I do find it great when students tell, me they love to blog and students from they enjoy being virtual students. It is nice to know that we have the ability that our kids can always stay connected with their friends and teachers and still learn along with us, although they might be in other classes.