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Time for What?

The above link is an interesting read with thoughts about time and its impact on learning. Much of it high school focused but still worth the mention.

What if we weren’t hemmed in, or were less hemmed in by the clock when it comes to learning?

Share any thoughts you have about time and education in the comments below.

“The thing we have become worst at in our schools is helping students get ready for anything except more secondary schooling. We usually do nothing to even prepare students for universities, much less anything else, and here, time is the key factor. How do you choose to “study?” Where do you choose to “study”? and of course, When do you choose to “study”? Those key questions which determine university success in many ways are completely blocked from the primary and secondary experience because we insist on running our students as if they were a (French, not American) train system, with every moment accounted for. How, with your clock training, will your students even know what to do with themselves if they get a job where some of the time-use decisions are theirs?”  Ira Socol

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A List of 10!

Think About It
         There are so many lists of things that students should be taught, what they should be learning, and what they should know and much of those lists have to do with “21 Century Skills”. But are there truly new skills that trump some of our “Old School Skills”?

This list from Ian Jukes sets a broad, meaningful and, in my opinion, concise look at what we could all use as skills for living in this day and age. A great foundation that seems to include both traditional and more contemporary skills.

Looking at this list after a meeting last night about the Next Generation Science Standards that will be appearing next year makes me see some close connections between the “science standards” and this basic top ten list. Encouraging that we might be able to find some common ground with a meaningful, manageable set of core needs for our students and society.

What are your thoughts?

  1. Read
  2. Type
  3. Write
  4. Communicate effectively, and with respect
  5. Question
  6. Be resourceful
  7. Be accountable
  8. Know how to learn
  9. Think critically
  10. Be happy

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Give People Control

I was trying to find a way for us to have discussions online about issues we need to share.

Please add to the discussion with your ideas and comments below. Here is some food for thought. Choose one or all the questions and share your thoughts and ideas.

New Relationships are Forming

“Give the people control and we will use it. Don’t and you will lose it”. 
Are school leaders losing students (i.e., as physical, emotional, or intellectual dropouts) simply because they are trying to control the system?
What would happen if students and teachers had more control over the learning process?
What if these stakeholders controlled what they learn, when they learn, how they learn, and why they learn it?
Co-collaboration / co-learning / co-construction could be the norm. 

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Mindstorms Prep Missions

Robot Checklist

These must be done in order.

Program these steps on the brick and have an adult initial them after they are done.  After you programs them all on the brick then do the same programs on the computer and have an adult initial them when they are done. 

1. Forward, see something, backward, hit something, stop

2. Backward, see something, turn right for 2 seconds, stop.

3. Turn left for 2 seconds, go straight until it sees an object, repeat

4. Backup until it hits something, go straight until it sees something, repeat.

5. Play a sound, go backward until it hits something, repeat.

6. Forward 5 feet, turn left, stop

7. Back up left until it sees something, back up right until it seems something. 

8. Back up right for 2 seconds, clap, go forward for 5 seconds, push the button on the back, and repeat.

9. Backwards left until it sees your hand, forward for 5 seconds, stop

10. Make up your own 5-step program.

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The Choice is ours!

What does all this choice give us in the end?