Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Ponderings from Readings

Teaming do we really share the responsibility for all children's learning?
Now some people will say yeah that's right but do we actually do this.  But I'd ask, do we take responsibility for all the children in our habitats and school all the time.  Do we let things slide that we hear or/and see because they aren't in my mentor group?  Do we know where the learners are and when others share where the children are at do we trust that information?  Do we understand the curriculum and the progressions that children go through?  And, if we do do this then we really do know our learners?

We shape our tools and thereafter our tools shape us.  Marshall McLuhan.
I read an article with reference to the fact that while technology definitely has it's place in classrooms (however they are set up) it is imperative that the use of technology is based around effective pedagogy and not just masking bad practise.  Teachers can see the latest technology as the way to engage learners.  While this might be the case for a short time, my thoughts are that sound practice will enhance the use of technology to further the learning.  Another side of the argument is that if don't move with the times our children are missing out as technological advancements are happening at a rate of knots.  So, sometimes the technology leads the pedagogy and visa versa we just need to be aware of this.  Is there a right way?

Growth Mindset is it enough?
Carol Dwerk has challenged how we think about learning and now that she opened educators eyes and ears to ways of speaking/thinking about learning some are suggesting that just having a growth mindset is not enough.  Below is an extract from George Corous's book the Innovators Mindset

Let’s take the simple example of playing the piano to compare the two ideas. With a fixed mindset, the learner doesn’t believe he or she has the ability to play the piano. With a growth mindset, the learner believes that, with hard work and practice, the opportunity to play the piano is within the realm of his or her ability. That belief leads the learner to try and, ultimately, grow.
The innovator’s mindset takes the growth mindset a step further by focusing on using one’s ability to learn to play the piano to create music.
Where do we want children/learners to go?

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