ONE: This week I learned that another hallmark of a 21st-century education is “reflection time.” Nancy Blair, Kelly Tenkely and Mark Weston, Ph.D. made me aware that taking time during class to reflect is now in vogue. This came as quite a surprise, since “reflecting” during class was called daydreaming when I was in school and riveted attention to the sage on the stage was the mandate. Sounds like a 21st-century education is much more fun.
This is a very exciting development to those predisposed to reflection. I just want to know where Nancy, Kelly and Mark were when I really needed them back in high school. (Smile.)
I enjoyed listening to How Do We Encourage Reflection Among Students and Teachers?, and it was the most popular segment on BAM Radio this week. I take solace in knowing that if this notion catches on, the next generation may be free to daydream, er… ah..., I mean “reflect” in class without being scolded for failing to focus on where the real learning is happening. The show also attracted an interesting tweet from Tim Vagle who struck a chord with several people:
TWO: Match education technology to specific student needs - Of course! This must be happening everywhere, right? Surprisingly this is not necessarily true. This week I learned from Sharon Plante and Brian Friedlander that schools are “starting to divide into camps” - becoming MAC school districts, Chrome school districts or Windows… Often, the technology platform selected by the school for general use may not be the right technology based on individual student needs. Brian offers a useful framework in this episode, A Four-Pronged Model for Matching EdTechTools to Student Needs Thanks, Sharon and Brian. This was an eye-opener.
THREE: Insightful takeaways this week from Vicki Davis’ interview with Melinda Kolk on being more creative educators and encouraging more creativity in students. Melinda noted that being truly educated is not about having all the right answers but about knowing all the right questions.
Somewhere between elementary school and high school I got convinced that I was supposed to have all the right answers. Somewhere around age 40 life convinced me that I didn’t. What a pleasure to be freed from that burden... to be able to explore the world again with the curiosity of a child, scaffolded by the insights of a few decades of experience. In the episode, Vicki quoted Sir Ken Robinson who said,
Three Proven Ways to be a More Creative Educator was among the most popular segments on BAM Radio this week and is worth a listen.