in different ways, at different rates, and have different levels of motivation to learn. Yet, we educate them in groups of 30 or so inside classrooms. This group-based, classroom-situated teaching and learning holds instructional content and time constant and allows learning to vary. Consequently, many children are left behind.
Why not hold learning constant and allow instructional time and content to vary? We can do this by providing children with customized, personalized, student-centered learning experiences and that would not leave any children behind. Think about it. If children are receiving learning experiences that are tailored to their needs, interests, abilities, and learning styles, how in the world could any of them be left behind.
So, the most important issue for the future of education, in my opinion, is to transform entire school systems to become learner-centered. The technology to do this is available. The change methodologies to facilitate this transformation are available.
Transforming school systems in ways that abandon the old paradigm of teaching and learning (group-based, classroom-situated) will not be easy. The field of education is full of entrenched stakeholders in that old approach. Just look at some of the recommendations for improving education coming from the new Administration and from educators who have influence in the Obama education camp. None of those recommendations aim to move us toward a new and needed paradigm for teaching and learning. They all seem to sustain the old paradigm.…
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there can be no teacher as facilitator. I like the roles above and the explanations. It allows the teacher to vary their role based o who is in front of them and apply the same roles in their professional dealings as well. Interested in the next set of blogs.
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s experiencing in the country presently - inadequate funding, incessant electricity supply, poor infrastructure, curriculum development etc.
The average class size in public schools is between 50 to 60 students while that of private schools is between 15 - 20 students. The large class size is an hindrance educators have to deal with because it discourages them from using the 21st century learning and teaching in the classroom.
The percentage of people that obtain post secondary education varies from region to region which is affected by religion and financial strength. In the south west - 90-95%, south east - 60-65% while in the north - 30 - 35%.
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