The Future of Learning: Student Voice, Anyone?

First: Watch this —> 


Next: Ask yourself what the future of learning could be. 


Then: Read my students’ responses to that question. 


Here are their thoughts, in their own words:

“I want to give this new way of learning a try. I had no idea these advances were taking place. I feel boxed in and not exposed enough to this new change. We are gradually using technology to learn, but most of my classes are still “telling classrooms” in which facts are thrown at me and it is assumed that I should learn. I can’t wait until this new light reaches Alabama, hopefully before I graduate.”  -Kornita, age 16

“This video made me think about how important education is. I knew that it was important but WE, our generation, should really start taking this stuff more seriously. Learning isn’t just pen, paper, and teacher.” – Nakoma, age 16

“I learned that being connected is very important. If we are more connected to the world we will have a better system. Also, the system is the one that is wrong and not the students because the system should adapt to us not the other way around. Technology plays a huge role in changing education.” – Cupertino, age 16

“Why should we have to sit in class and learn to solve a problem that there is already an answer to? No one in the world is dumb, they just learn differently and that should matter more in our schools.” – Melanie, age 16

“This video opened my eyes to the fact that memorizing answers to things that happened and taking standardized tests, and spending our time on things that are not relevant to today is really hindering our society from progressing.” 
– Roderick, age 17

“This made me think about what learning could be like if the schools were better. This made me want to know what could I do myself as an individual to make this change. The schools in Birmingham, Alabama are nothing like what the video said.” –Jeleshia, age 17



Lastly: Let them know what you think in the comments below. 







Holistic Teaching: Things That Matter More

Sometimes you read something at the exact right moment and it hits you hard, right in the throat…or the gut…or the heart…but it hits you. It wakes you up. It re-energizes you. It inspires you to do more. Think more. Create more. Question more. It reminds you of why you do what you do in the first place. It reminds you that you, or rather that we, have only just begun to unlock the potential of public education to provide the best possible opportunities and support to the whole being of every single child. We cannot forget this part of our work. We cannot put this part of our work second. We cannot stand idly by while standards, assessments, and bureaucracy take center stage over the emotional well being of our students, our schools, and ourselves. 


This is that thing –>