EQ: WHAT ARE THE CHALLENGES IN SHIFTING CONTENT FROM “WHAT” TO “WHERE” AND “HOW”?
I love the shift in student focus learning that we are seeing more of in the classroom to hands on. Math fractions being taught with Legos makes the abstract math concepts less intimidating. Children are often like I know I have to take two small pieces to make one big whole one like this. They are not only learning fractions, but if you gave them a quiz with different fractions they can probably build it with pieces. So no more rote memorization, they can show you that they can explain how to make whole numbers while having fun.
We will have challenges with the Where and How of classroom learning. We have to be more creative in our learning plans. We have to think of tools (like Legos) that will be appealing to the students and at the right levels.
Another way we see the shift from teaching can be though digital classrooms. Ark provides a rubric to the benefits that I feel are important in the shift:
Below is a graphic that shows how we can divide up the roles in Learner driven classroom:
“The two main things students want from school (i.e., jobs to be done) are to feel successful and have fun with friends. All students are motivated, but only to do the jobs that matter to them” (Ark, 2016).
We can help facilitate change by doing the following three things (Sundt and Martinez, date):
- Minimize the Use of Lecture
- Familiarize Yourself With the Idea of Simultaneous Engagement
- Prepare for the “Ubiquitous” Class
When we minimize the lecture and encourage more student interaction through simultaneous engagement universal classrooms will surface. We have seen the benefits with Making Spaces and Genius Hour.
Thomas, Douglas & Brown, John Seely. (2013 Apr 18). A New Culture of Learning: Cultivating the Imagination for a World of Constant Change
Sundt, Melora and Martinez, Brandon. (2014, Nov 05). Three ways to shift instructional practices to meet the needs of 21st-century Learners. Retrieved on Feb 23, 2017 from: https://evolllution.com/opinions/ways-shift-instructional-practices-meet-21st-century-learners/
Heick, Terry. (2015, Nov 17). The shift from content to purpose: A continuum of choice. Retrieved on Feb 23, 2017 from: http://www.teachthought.com/learning/the-shift-from-content-to-purpose-a-continuum-of-choice/
Ark, Tom Vander. (2016, Mar 23). Shift to Digital. Classroom ‘Look Fors’. Retrieved on Feb 23, 2017 from: http://www.gettingsmart.com/2016/03/shift-to-digital-classroom-look-fors/