e ornamentation on it from time to time, but esentially they don't need to review, revise, reframe, renew, nor do they need to become familiar with new techniques of research, presentation and communication. What rubbish!
In one of the most complex real-world tasks ever conceived (which is what I regard teaching as), teachers need time to to develop. Many will take that themselves, at the cost of their families. Teachers need time to implement new modes of learning, new modes of community.
Teachers need time to review the teaching of their subject, the psychologies of children. It's all very well that I have mastered mathematics, say. But it's another thing to have mastered the teaching of mathematics, have understood the various and varied conceptual stumbling blocks, have strategies to challenge, repair or replace misconceptions of the subject/s.
After a while, more is less. More face to face creates higher drudge levels, greater disconnection and disaffection and defeat not only amongst students, but also amongst teachers.
And, whilst it may be simple to blame teachers in a broad-brush tar-and-feather style, the fact is that it's largely the group of teachers you've already got who will be the group of teachers to transform educational outcomes. (or is there a a hidden cohort of 94000 US teachers poised, and ready to take over?)
Quality out-of-class time is needed for quality in-class teachers. (Oh, and I don't mean out-of-class time that's wholly locked up in formal programs: quality time can well be time reading, time talking, time 'playing' with computer tools, projectors, IWB's, motion sensors, video recording of experimental data...)
Ah, I feel better now! Soapbox, anyone...?…
tch with interest the world around me and to contribute in meaningful ways to grasp the shifts in social and economic and business and environment etc.To create a dialogue where I have a place and therefore my students too can create that dialogue. Its like I can pass on the skills to mapping the tides... social/cultural and jobs in particular.
Guiding how to observe multiple strands of divergent opinion/trades/fashions and make sense of them-create something new.
Thinking skills, feeling skills, relations with others skills,the rest can just follow! Preferably grab the topics they love and just use those as the basis for research, inquiry, design. Make everything transferable, find the interests, find the links,find the people.
Social media means students can now connect with the SOURCE! Not textbooks but the authors themselves and their mentors...Information gathering/editing/remixing/multimedia etc
We need to be teaching the fundamentals of being human and recent research on mind/emotion/body intelligence etc. It doesn't matter which job/subject if we have the basics we/our students can apply ourselves to anything and invent new work.Isnt that what employers are crying out for now? Emotional Intelligence, depth, creativity, flexibility,think for yourselfers? Lets go there!
I especially feel that entrepreneurial education is paramount in the work ready mix.
Fundamentally children and youth should be at the top of our social apex.(triad perhaps of Earth/Spiritual realm/Children) Everyone closest to them next in the apex...parents and teachers waay up there! 'Industry' should be at the bottom supporting holding everyone up...I'm not at all surprised (every)things are in crisis. Its completely downsideup!
Oh blah Ive said too much but education is soo (dis)connected!…
pplied for in the junior or senior year, but that is too late!
The U.S. needs merit-based college access for teens. e.g. a series of Savings Bonds that you earn from your own school and out-of-school academic efforts from the time you are 13 - a "Teen GI Bill" (standing for Global Innovation), to encourage and support 21st Century knowledge and skills needed for U.S. participation in the global economy.
The in-school and out-of-school learning that qualifies for bonding should be required to integrate technology, global communications, entrepreneurship, and the science, engineering mathematics and fine arts (media arts especially) in small team and leadership and creativity-evoking learning situations that achieve measurable educational outcomes.…