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I am trying to move more towards discovery learning. Instead of giving students the Essential Questions of our unit, I want them to tell me what they think are the essential questions. I want to try this this year, but my HOD is really controlling, but thankfully is leaving this June.
What are your thoughts on Alfie Kohn?
I haven't read all of Kohn’s works, but I've read few of them about education and I fully support his view on some issues. To be exact, I also believe in a constructivist account of learning. I think that Classroom disciplines are focused more on eliciting compliance than on helping students become responsible problem-solvers. And I think learning should be organized around problems and questions – rather than around lists of facts and separate disciplines. But I don't fully agree with his thoughts about the place homework holds in the classroom.
I agree. I have been using the UbD curriculum model since 2008 and it works great. I know that I tell myself I allow for a constructivist student-centered approach to unit and lesson planning, but the truth is I am a lot more teacher-centered than I should be (or am even aware of). I don't think I am the only teacher who is in this same category.
I also was taken aback by his view of homework. I think some skills require additional practice at home or don't fit into the time we have allotted for class.
Nancy, it's a very interesting question! I think that the future of education placed in edtech grows. Technologies for education play a crucial role in experimental and innovative learning. Thanx to these technologies educational process becomes easier, especially for online learning students. Also, I thinks that not last meaning has the academic intergrity. When students study without cheating. For this aspect plays role such edtech as Unicheck plagiarism checker and Emma Identity.
The Future of Education is a right style of education sense. Students should understand why the need to study or even attend a college.
thanks for your opinion. I totally agree with you.