Video by Laura Masters:
This presentation was fascinating, intense, and hard for me to understand primarily because of the second language barrier, but also the audio was terrible. Anyhow, it was eye opening and I learned that
Howard Gardner: "Five Minds for the Future"
Discipline Mind, Synthesizing Mind, Creative Mind (These three Cognitive) Respectful Mind, Ethical Mind.
What a challenge for us educators when we learn about these studies and ideas these experts share with us. I feel that I am stuck in the discipline mind. I love teaching and working with children. My heart feels happy when I see happy children learning and enjoying what they're doing, but it not only stops there. As teachers the challenge lies within our practices as educators. We need to teach children to synthesize and process information. Just feeding the information to the children does nothing for them.
It challenges me to activate my ethical mind. The responsibility in front of me as a teacher is big. I know that it isn't impossible because it's something I love to do, but it does make me reflect on my practice. Am I doing the right thing? Am I teaching right? is all that energy spent on preparing lessons really what matters?
John Seely Brown: "The New Culture of Learning in a World of Constant Flux"
The world has never seen change so fast.
We're in a game of constant change.
Learning is creating the new. We're to be creative
How do we afford curiosity in a world of constant flux? if we're not curious we're screwed.
Daniel Pink: "The Puzzle of Motivation"
Intrinsic Motivation has three principles: Autonomy, mastery and purpose. As educators we need to allow the children to become independent learners. (They ask the questions) This will motivate the to master what they want to learn. This will give the learner a purpose for what he/she chose the topic he mastered. Self direction engages children in learning. The challenge is: How do I plan lessons to answer the questions /topics of interest of 25 children in a classroom? How does PBL address this?
My reflection: Inquiry based teaching is what we're becoming better at school. We're constantly allowing the children to ask questions, and allowing them to find the answers on their own. This isn't an easy task. This is the area that has been making me uncomfortable in the classroom. One part of me wants to stay with the old way of teaching: spoon feeding the knowledge, and guiding the students step by step to answer a,b,c. The other side of me is looking at the reality of our present. The Common Core Standards are here, student created questions are necessary and no longer an option. For me to listen to this kind of Philosophy and studies is fascinating and it's making me understand why I have been so uncomfortable in teaching the last two years. As teachers we cannot longer afford to conform to what we know or the curriculum presented to us. We need to allow our creative minds to work in order to meet 21st century skills.