A growing body of evidence suggests the learning crisis is, at its core, a teaching crisis. For students to learn, they need good teachers —but Fortunately for many students, in every country, there are dedicated and enthusiastic teachers who, despite all challenges, enrich and transform their lives. They are heroes who defy the odds and make learning happen with passion, creativity and determination. In a colorful classroom that she painted herself, she uses creative tools to make sure that every child learns, participates, and has fun.
In her class, each letter in the alphabet is associated with the sound of an animal and a hand movement. During class she says a word, spells it out loud using the sounds and the movement, and students then write the word down. She can easily identify students who are struggling with the material and adjust the pace of the lesson to help them get on track.
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Children are engaged and attentive. They participate and are not afraid to make mistakes. This is a teacher who wants to make sure that ALL children learn. But even heroes need help. We need to be sure that all teachers are motivated to do their best and that they are equipped with what they need to teach effectively.
Getting Students Ready for a Fast-Changing World
Rapid technological change is raising the stakes. Technology is already playing a crucial role in providing support to teachers, students, and the learning process more broadly. It can help teachers better manage the classroom and offer different challenges to different students.
And technology can allow principals, parents, and students to interact seamlessly. One of the most interesting, large scale educational technology efforts is being led by EkStep , a philanthropic effort in India. EkStep created an open digital infrastructure which provides access to learning opportunities for million children, as well as professional development opportunities for 12 million teachers and 4. Both teachers and children are accessing content which ranges from teaching materials, explanatory videos, interactive content, stories, practice worksheets, and formative assessments.
By monitoring which content is used most frequently—and most beneficially—informed decisions can be made around future content. In the Dominican Republic, a World Bank supported pilot study shows how adaptive technologies can generate great interest among 21st century students and present a path to supporting the learning and teaching of future generations.
Yudeisy, a sixth grader participating in the study, says that what she likes doing the most during the day is watching videos and tutorials on her computer and cell phone. Taking childhood curiosity as a starting point, the study aimed to channel it towards math learning in a way that interests Yudeisy and her classmates. Yudeisy, along with her classmates in a public elementary school in Santo Domingo, is part of a four-month pilot to reinforce mathematics using software that adapts to the math level of each student.
After three months, students with the lowest initial performance achieved substantial improvements. This shows the potential of technology to increase learning outcomes, especially among students lagging behind their peers. In a field that is developing at dizzying speeds, innovative solutions to educational challenges are springing up everywhere. Our challenge is to make technology a driver of equity and inclusion and not a source of greater inequality of opportunity. We are working with partners worldwide to support the effective and appropriate use of educational technologies to strengthen learning.
Successful education reforms require good policy design, strong political commitment, and effective implementation capacity. Of course, this is extremely challenging. Many countries struggle to make efficient use of resources and very often increased education spending does not translate into more learning and improved human capital. Overcoming such challenges involves working at all levels of the system. At the central level, ministries of education need to attract the best experts to design and implement evidence-based and country-specific programs. District or regional offices need the capacity and the tools to monitor learning and support schools.
Five Issues with Today’s Elementary Schools
To make an industrial labor force required the school bell in literal and metaphoric terms and lots of regimentation. We have a mismatch between the inventive ways kids learn at home online and in their game play and with their friends on social networks and the industrial age structure, division of subject matter, and ways of assessment in school. It will change—because everyone parents, teachers, kids, principals, policy makers know our schools are out of date. I think we are on the verge of seeing a major change in educational policy and in how we test the first step—get rid of those End of Grade exams!
It will happen because it has to. What do you think that ideal school day could look like? In my ideal school, there would be no one school day because every day would be different. My future school would bring them together, take lessons from them. They give us heart and will because they already exist.
We can learn from these three, one who taught decades ago in a rural one room school house, one senior scholar-teacher in a Manhattan school, one brand-new twenty-four year old teacher in a small urban city in Durham, N. These are just three examples. I think it's important for all of us to know that future school already exists, it is working. If you could suggest five practical applications to apply to every school in the country, what would they be? Subscribe to receive weekly updates of MindShift stories every Sunday.
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Aug 19, It's a brilliant and fun multimedia programming language that allows inventive media mixing almost immediately, without any background. It is creative and fun. Even if your child has no interest in being a programmer when they grow up, familiarity with the building blocks of a programming language will give them some skills and expertise at producing the kind of content they are already consuming.
But stay out of the way. Let the kids shape the project. Kids should find a project that will probably not succeed in all the ways they hope. Dreaming big, taking risks, and scaling back if and when you have to are fantastic skills.
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These skills are hardly ever taught in the school room which seems to be organized as is much American society these days as if some litigious personal injury lawyer is there ready to pounce at any moment. Learn how to give and take feedback in a public and responsible way. There are different software tools that can help you set up a system where each student has an online identity, for privacy.
Before students award their stars, they need to put in writing, on the class website, the reasons for the choice. Critique is the easy way out, as anyone who has read the trollish comments on the Internet knows. If each star is awarded with a well thought out assessment of why merit has been earned, that is a far better way to train judgment than trashing. What special contribution did a classmate make that made you want to give him or her a star? Everyone will learn from the answer and the accumulating stars.
Sound easy? Cathy Davidson In my ideal school, there would be no one school day because every day would be different. From Inez Davidson : Mrs. She taught back in the s to s, in a three-room school house in rural Mountain View, Alberta, Canada. She turned teaching third-, fourth-, and fifth-graders into an asset instead of a deficit, having kids teach one another what they had learned the year before.
And every Friday, the third- and fourth-grade kids would be pitted against the fifth graders in a learning challenge that the kids themselves would dream up—spelling bees, math quizzes, geography tests, language tests, grammar tests, poetry and rhyming competitions.
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Or project challenge: Who can build the highest tower out of Popsicle sticks without glue? And then she set year-long challenges as well.
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My personal favorite was challenging the kids to find pen pals in as many Mountain Views as they could find anywhere in the world, researching the places where they lived, becoming pen pals, and then interviewing the pen pals for a final research paper on Mountain Views in China or New Zealand. Decades before the Internet, she made learning connect kids around the world, expanding horizons, teaching geography and languages and politics and history in a way that mattered intensely to the kids.
Katie proposed working with the New York city school board, with teachers and parents, to create a revolutionary school within all the existing rules.
The specific assignment that I loved at Q2L took kids who had spent a semester building new levels for the popular digital learning game LittleBigPlanet LBP and challenged them to rebuild their video game level in the real world. Kids need to understand the relays back and forth between real and virtual worlds and need the skills to navigate both. From Duncan Germain : Duncan was a year old first-year teacher when I spent time in his sixth grade class at Voyager Academy, a public charter school in Durham, North Carolina, where I live. He taught something called Creative Productions which was intended to take all the things kids were learning in other classes and give them real world application.
I was there for the bridge building challenge where students self-organized into groups ranging in size from one some kids preferred to work alone to five.