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…