I was sent this video by one of my ex-students this week because it reminded her of a conversation I had had with her Year group about the importance of creativity in their lives and not being scared to think differently from others. What this young man, Logan LePlante, has to say is without doubt Food for Thought. It raises serious questions about how we structure our learning, what is important and what we should be teaching.
Watching this, putting it together with other inspirational talks and articles about education today, raises the question, what is it we should be teaching our students in preparation for their lives in the 21st century? Our old model of education based around core subjects, school structures, authority, discipline, uniformity and regimentation, that has existed for over 150 years as a means of preparing people for a place in an industrial society is clearly outdated. Very few of the students we are teaching will work on the factory floor, so should we be listening more to what students like Logan are saying and applying it to what we are doing in our classrooms and schools?
Here is the link to Dr Roger Walsh’s website as mentioned by Logan in his talk. I know this will interest quite a few of you. Last week’s Food for Thought focused on questioning, so here are the questions that have driven Dr Roger Marsh’s research and investigation into Wellbeing and Happiness over the past 30 years.
· What does it mean to live wisely and well, and what does it take?
· How can we cultivate qualities such as love and wisdom, kindness and compassion?
· What is meant by terms such as enlightenment and liberation, salvation and satori?
Wouldn’t we have an amazing school if all students who graduated from ISHCMC could emerge with the answers or at least an understanding of Dr Walsh’s three questions built into the way they plan to live their lives?
- Resources from Connecting Classrooms Across Continents (Kim's presentation)
- First Steps Towards Becoming a 21st Century Educator
- 6 Reasons Students Should Have Their Own Blog
- Connection - The best professional development for educators (Craig Skinner)
- How educators and schools can make the most of Google Hangouts (Edutopia)
- The Google+ Experiment (Merilyn Winslade)
- Famous People of the Civil War+ rubric + reflective blog post (see many more fantastic projects on YIS Humanities teacher Rebekah Madrid's class blog)
- IB Lang & Lit Diigo Group (Madeleine Cox)
- Skype a Creator (Madeleine Cox)
Have a great weekend,