I don ‘t think any of what is in this article is “new”, but I am also not sure that we have made much progress in getting there, so, I thought it would be good to look at these real simple point-form goals.
- Change the focus from rote learning – the memorization of specific facts and figures – to the development of lifelong learners who are able to think critically and solve problems.
- Encourage learning through cross-disciplinary and collaborative projects that are relevant and useful to their community.
- Create an environment where students work in fluid groupings that combine students of different ages, different abilities and different interests.
- Shift the role of the teacher from “chalk-and-talk” orators to curators of learning, helping students grow their knowledge and skills.
- Measure learning progress using qualitative assessments of a student’s skills and competencies, rather than using high-stakes examinations.
- Ensure that all groups – teachers, parents, governments and students – have a seat at the table when building the framework for learning.
- Empower students and teachers to experiment with new ideas in an environment where they can fail safely and develop confidence to take risks.
Thinking critically and solving problems. Teachers as “curators of learning”, actually teaching; being the infamous “guide at the side”.
Measuring learning qualitatively.
There’s an election coming in school boards across the province of Quebec. Education matters. And like it or not, school boards and their Councils of Commissioners have a key role to play. Make sure you are electing the people you think will support positive educational leadership; people who can support a real vision of 21st century learning and the people who understand that they are accountable to the public at large. It’s important to get out and vote.