Sunday, December 26, 2010

One drop--

One drop of water helps to swell the oceanphoto © 2009 Ygor Oliveira | more info (via: Wylio)

“Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean.”
--Ryunosuke Satoro

One drop, then another
We can become an ocean
Changing learning

First drop--
Learning more about student passions

My sincere thank you goes to Ewan McIntosh for his post in which he quoted Marc Prensky on passions and learning.

From this brief audio file---

Then these words--
If you don't know what the passions of those in front of you are then you'll never know how to teach the people in front of you.

If you don’t know what your students passions are then you basically don’t know who is sitting in front of you and that makes teaching at a really deep level, I think difficult. Its never 30 separate passions its typically clusters of passions so one thing that you can do is to put people into clusters

There ought to be times in a day, maybe the days that a substitute teacher comes in when what you say to kids is ‘your job today, is to just learn more about what you are passionate in’ and it may have nothing to do with our curriculum but it is still important because you are going to find it valuable.
If every teacher tomorrow or the next school day takes twenty minutes out of the day and says to every student ‘what are you passionate about?’ and writes it down and then thinks about it in the back of their mind how they can use that, education will be much improved overnight.

One drop to improve education-- listen more to our students, learn their passions, and make more of those connections in the learning experiences we design for them.

If we each begin with this one drop, imagine the ocean--

Then what is the next drop that can make a difference?

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