Meeting the needs of all the children in your class seems like a daunting task. Because it is. However, classrooms in the 21st century are demanding this style. In fact, our whole society is demanding it. With the viral spread of technology and social media, the change in our language and ways of communicating is changing the way our education system must look.
Don't get me wrong, change is good, technology is good, and yes, social media is good. What's not good about these things is the lack of physical- social interaction skills we practice in order to get through the day. The lack of problem-solving skills we practice because our phone does it for us. Not to mention the "havoc" that we reap on our entire sensory system from all the "screen time" that we log.
What Do 21 Century Learners Look Like?
Over the past ten years of my personal experience as a Reading Interventionist, I have seen the classroom dynamic shift. Ten years ago, there was one, maybe two students that needed to be ...
Let's face it; learning is complicated. In fact, the more we learn about learning through research, the more complex and nuanced our understanding of the processes involved gets.
The good news is that we have, in fact, learned a great deal in the past few decades about how the brain goes about committing new knowledge and skills to long-term memory. The bad news? Much of this information is sitting in obscure journals on dusty library shelves and sitting on websites only visited by cognitive scientists, psychologists, and neuroscientists.
For many of us in education--those of us who need this information to inform our daily work with students--some of this information may just as well have never been discovered, since so little of it has made its way into mainstream education channels and teacher training institutions. But never fear; in this article, and those to come in the next few weeks, I will tackle all of this complexity and break it down for you in ways that will allow you to ...
by Jonathan Zeen Yick Quek
In today's society, a pervasive view still persists that a person's intelligence is innate, fixed by the genes, and cannot be altered significantly by the environment, be it the influence of parental nurturing or early childhood education. Apart from the overwhelming anecdotes over the Internet of parents who swear by the success of their early teaching efforts on their little ones, some as young as babies, scientific evidence has been steadily accruing over the years to point to an indisputable fact: There is a critical stage in the early development of a child's brain when the right environmental stimulation will give beneficial effects that last throughout life.
The Beginnings Of Early Learning
The idea that the early part of a child's life is closely correlated with his future intelligence is not exactly a new idea. In the 1950s, a passionate pioneer of early childhood education arose by the name of Glenn Doman. He is a physical therapist, who was working with ...
Every time that I work with teachers and students I walk away with so many ideas buzzing in my head. Observation and engagement are excellent ways to expand learning and gain insight. And they are enlightening.
One classroom of fourth graders busily prepared for national testing, a round-up exam of material taught during the school year to gather data to assess what students know and can do and what needs to be retaught or reinforced. These kids were working diligently multiplying to create equivalent fractions. I have nothing against multiplying and I love fractions but I do not understand why 4th graders would need to know this other than as an exercise in learning a new concept and practicing following directions. Really, when you think about it, equivalent fractions are a complex idea and used primarily to reduce fractions (for example, 4/6 to 2/3) which requires dividing. Relevancy, however, appears to be beside the point.
Students spent about 15 minutes reviewing and responding ...
A problem is 'a situation that presents an opportunity to make a difference in making things better' and problem solving is the process involved in the conversion of a 'current situation' into a 'desirable future situation'. Any thought process that thinks about ways of increasing quality of life or avoiding a decrease in the quality of life is actually being involved in the process of 'problem solving'.
The area broadly defined as Problem Solving usually consists of using ad hoc methods or means to find solutions to problems in a methodical and orderly manner. Examples of problem solving techniques can be taken from those related to 'psychology' that involves mental solving methods.
It is used in many areas and disciplines with varying perspectives and terminologies - e.g. mental process in psychology, computerized methods or processes in computer science and so on.
In education, an important goal is to teach and help students think more productively using a process of "creative ...
Learning comes in different forms and its importance varies from person to person. If someone is taking it lightly then it is something which is very easy to learn, but on the other hand some people think of it as an extremely difficult task to accomplish. However, teachers are always there to help to overcome the obstacles and make learning uncomplicated. They make learning easier for students helping them understand the knowledge or information better.
Learning is a joint effort, as in most of the cases the process of learning involves both the learners and the teachers to make learning effective and obviously the effort should be mutual. At the same time it is important to see if the teacher is effective and applying the proper techniques while teaching the students. All these depend upon the experience and the level of understanding of the teacher. It is often observed that a particular teacher possesses sufficient amount of knowledge, but lacks when it comes to effective teaching ...
I completely agree with the statement "If we are interested in the students' future, then our way of teaching must reflect the future. ''
The right education is the one, which is planned according to the future need. Present students are future job-seekers. The future working environment won't be the same as today. Due to globalization the world changes into a global society, and the advanced technology transforms the organizational infrastructure. So in the future, the students will work as team workers of wide spread teams, in globalized organizations, using ICT (Information and Communication Technology) tools to enhance the given jobs.
Keeping the above working scenario in mind, the current education should provide the students, the needed knowledge and training, to face the working environment with confidence.
When we seek a learning method, which consists of team work, and using ICT tools, Collaborative learning appears to be the right answer.
What is Collaborative learning?
There are different subjects each year at school, and each subject needs a different way to study, a different concentration way and a different effort, that's why you should make yourself ready for different ways to study each subject.
The problem comes when you don't know what you should do in each subject to get "A" grades in it, moreover, you tried to study hard before but you didn't get the "A" grades you dreamt to have, this is because of the following reasons:
1. You feel bored to study certain subjects or long subjects
2. You don't know when to study each subject
3. You can't sit at your desk for too long
To enjoy your study so that you get "A" in all subjects is the key solution for the following reasons:
· You are able to sit for long hours to study
· You are able to discover new ways of study techniques
· You are able to study without being bored
You can enjoy your study doing the following:-
1. Study each hour a different subject: the ...
The following is an article response to the discourse between two prominent researchers, Noam Chomsky and Jean Piaget, who debated on the psychogenesis of knowledge and its epistemological significance (Beakley, & Ludlow, 1992). The premise of the debate, led by Piaget, was to argue that the hallmark of cognitive development is "construction of the new", a constructivist concept. According to Piaget, constructivism explains how individuals are actively involved in a constructive exchange with the environment through assimilation and accommodation which contributes to the acquisition of learning and of knowledge (Piaget, 1980).
Piaget argues against those notions of association because those models do not support how anything can be produced from nature, since individuals, as emphasized by John Locke, are born with a 'blank slate'. These anti-empiricist and anti-behaviorist notions are challenged by Chomsky. Chomsky disagrees with Piaget's notion of constructivism and he claims ...
When it comes to teaching, it may seem challenging to aim for new perspectives related to refining the Learning Process. In this context, phenomena like Globalization and the advent of the Internet exemplify that students' minds have constantly changed, showing that school subjects have to be taught under a new glance. Opposing to individualistic practices, Cooperative Learning is an excellent way to introduce 21st century students to a changing world, letting their voices be heard and bringing back interaction to the classroom.
Whenever teamwork is valorized, a more meaningful knowledge is produced. By working together, students can get effectively involved with the issues they study and be stimulated to share resources and information with each other, so that everyone's learning is maximized. Rather than being shy and not asking questions, through Cooperative Learning students are invited to expose doubts that enrich the learning environment.
Adopting Cooperative Learning, however, ...