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2/10/2009 8:23 AM
 

T&L blogger Ryan Bretag recently sat down with his students and asked them about 21st-Century Learning strategies. Their suggestions are amazing.

Read the whole piece here: http://www.techlearning.com/blogs.aspx?id=15776

Some snippets:

Each discussion point started and ended with the focus on learning. For example, the students talked about creating a learning environment that was about learning not just memorization. To do this, they wanted to seek out partnerships both locally and globally in order to build connections that would foster a "learning to learn" movement where students are learning for learning, open to learning, and innovative.

Clearly, textbooks were not fast enough nor diverse enough in their eyes. They longed for ways to interact with materials that were updated frequently and offered a wealth of perspectives. In fact, a good portion felt there was a need to move beyond the textbook because "information changes to rapidly" for textbooks to be the main source in the classroom. Along with this, information and resources needed to come in a variety of formats if the curriculum was going to remain progressive and current: narrative, fiction, digital, multimedia, and non-fiction.

Finally, it was clear that students that when discussing learning, the concept of teaching and learning in the 21st Century should focus on students as pre-professionals. To do this, the classroom needed to focus on inquiry and problem-base learning, real world experiences, research opportunities, and field work. As well, the experiences should engage them with challenges that force student application, creativity, and critical thinking.

 

When was the last time you sat down and listened to your students?

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4/13/2009 12:21 PM
 
I'm glad you posed the question "when is the last time you sat down and listened to your students" Just a few days ago I sat down and had an hour long conversation with a seventh grade student about school, learning, etc. It was amazing the insight and information I gained from talking to him. It made me realize that this is something I want to continue to do. I learned so much that will help me. Thanks for taking the time to ask your students what will help them become more successful.
Also, I couldn't agree with you more that the experiences students have should engage them with "challenges that force student application, creativity, and critical thinking."
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