What Should We Do When Students Aren’t Learning?

So, we have students in our schools who aren’t learning. What should we do about it?

Education is an interesting field, because learning is a complex system with lots of important parts. But I also think this is why educators and policy makers focus too often on the wrong thing:

  • We see kids not learning so we define a new way to assess them, thinking that will drive learning.
  • Or we redefine the curriculum, thinking that will drive learning.
  • Or we find a new tool or device, thinking that will drive learning.
  • Or we define a new grading system, thinking that it will drive learning.
  • Or we devise a new classroom management approach, thinking that it will drive learning.

In fact, I have a trigger around tech and learning: I think we dance around the issues of instruction, pedagogy and learning experiences

That’s because I think learning experiences drive learning…

If we want to change learning, then we have to change the learning experiences – we have to discuss instruction and pedagogy.

I believe our discussions in schools about technology need to start with our describing the kinds of learning experiences we want for students.

Then I think we’re ready to explore where tools, and devices, and assessments, etc., would fit…

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