Three Questions to be Answered: Who are you teaching? What are the most important things you are going to teach? Is there a difference between teaching and learning?
Who are you teaching? Are the students the same today as they were twenty years ago? Ten years ago? Five years ago? How are they different? – Things most important – Internet world – Communication – IM, Text, Email, Social Networking – Parents – Helicopter, pressure not to do what is right but to measure up, expectations to go to Harvard from gr. 2 – Attention span – Learning difficulties – Relationships
If This Is Who You Are Teaching…Are You Teaching Differently? No longer the sage on the stage, but the guide on the side Can you teach from the front everything a student needs to know? We are now at the point that knowledge is increasing faster than we can cope Teach students how to learn and how to find the information "what we learn today in school will be outdated by tomorrow, and therefore, the most successful people in the 'flat world' will be those who can adapt and learn quickly. -Freidman
10 Guiding Principles for Teachers Capable of Creating a Future 1.Curiosity, persistence, and genuine interest are the main power sources for the future 2.Breadth and depth are BOTH important 3.There are more than two sides to most issues 4.Teachers help students connect the dots 5.Future is not necessarily a straight-line projection of the present Future-Focused Leadership
10 Guiding Principles for Teachers Capable of Creating a Future -2 6.Peripheral vision can help us avoid being blind-sided 7.Bring out the best in others is is basic 8.Courage and personal responsibility need to overcome fear and self-pity 9.A belief in synergy can spark knowledge creation and breakthrough thinking 10.The role of strategic futurist is part of everybody’s job (eternal and present)
What are the Most Important Things You are Going To Teach?
What is Important? First of all we need to be faithful Adventist educators- true to our call – Know for Whom we work- have an active personal relationship with Jesus – Share Jesus in word and action – Pray with students- not only before the test – Ask each student about her/his relationship with Jesus – If you can not do this…..find something else to do
Secondary Subject Expertise What is important for students to know about your subject? Creativity, finding how to get the answer more important than solving the exact question. Know what the questions are more important than knowing what the answers are. Thinking globally rather than locally Build a fire in them Teens are in the connected generation – use that don’t run from it.
What is Our Job vs, What is ourRole? Curriculum Guides Textbooks Standardized tests Lecture Subject area isolation
What About? Project-based instruction - http://www.nwrel.org/request/2002aug/textonly.html http://www.nwrel.org/request/2002aug/textonly.html Cooperative learning Web-directed instruction Global instruction Competency-based instruction Cross-curricular instruction Student-lead instruction
Flat World Curriculum We live in a global society Connections to other schools – even public schools http://flatworlded.wikispaces.com/Projects http://flatworlded.wikispaces.com/Projects http://www.iearn.org/index.html Loosen up and give students rope- help them to use tools, don’t tie their hands…and minds
Flat World – Freidman’s Untouchables great corroborators, the great leveragers, the great synthesizers, the passionate personalizers, the great localizers, the "green ones," the great explainers, the great adapters