I like the quote in this weeks assignment, “I said I taught him how to talk, I didn’t say he learned. I think this is a recent phenomenon from the 70’s and 80’s and basil readers and textbooks. Everything was canned or prewritten for teacher. The teacher had a script and any trained monkey could give a lesson and only a truly heroic student could stay awake or truelove learn something. I also see this with teachers with a fixed mindset and and traditional teachers. I had one of my teachers say, “My job is to teacher them, it is their job to learn.” His point was that as a teacher all he had to do was provide the opportunity to learn. If he did that, it din’t matter if the students actually learned.
I think the whole purpose of this weeks question is to reinforce that fact that teaching and learning should mean the same thing. How can you teacher if no one is learning just as how can you lead if no one is following? You would think this is common sense, but some where we got lost.
Our text talks about No Child Left Behind and the emphasis on testing as being the culprit for the disconnect between teaching and learning, but I think it has to do with the fact we are doing what we have always done. It is very hard to make real change in a culture as ingrained as education. Our textbook quotes Belland, saying that, “Teachers fall back to their own experiences as learners when teaching.” I believe this to be true.
So how can we focus on learning and not what the teacher does? In our textbook Sylvia and Gary list Dr. Seymour Papert’s eight big ideas behind the constructionist learning lab. Their proposal is that these eight ideas will help teachers implement constructionist learning for students.
The Eight Big Ideas from Papert are:
- Learning by doing
- Use technology as building material
- Let students have hard (challenging) fun
- You must learn how to learn
- Take the proper amount of time for a project
- Make mistake and then learn from them
- Let students struggle and don’t worry how the project will turn out
- Students need to know about digital technology
I believe these ideas will help teachers move in the right direction, but we have a long way to go. Some systemic change needs to happen before this becomes a reality in most classrooms.
Julio Emilio Diniz-Pereira. (2003). The social construction of teachers’ individualism: How to transcend traditional boundaries of teachers’ identity? Retrieved on 6-13-17 at http://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/ED471561.pdf .
Martinez, S. L. Invent to learn: Making, tinkering, and engineering in the classroom. Constructing Modern Knowledge Press. Kindle Edition.
Park, H, (2008). “You are confusing!”: Tensions between teacher’s and students’ discourses in the classroom. Journal of Classroom Interaction. Vol 43.1, pages 4-13. Retrieved on 6-13-17 at 9:45 pm at: http://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/EJ829005.pdf .