Last weekend I attended a Frontiers of Education Symposium. The purpose of the symposium was to discuss and determine various trends in teaching & learning that should be practiced in the K-12 classroom. Some of the ideas mentioned are not new to the field but are beneficial.
Here are a few things that were talked about:
Class time should be devoted to discovery (inquiry and project-based) learning over traditional lecture /take-notes methods. Teachers should move away from just having students memorize facts toward gathering, evaluating, and applying new information.
Teaching and learning should go beyond the classroom to involvement in campus activities and performing community service.
A teacher is perceived as a leader in a learning community who actively collaborates with colleagues, parents, administrators, and other academic partners.
Student work has expanded from the “individual instructor” to include group or team work where peer-feedback and exchange of ideas occurs.
Assessments should be multi-level and complex incorporating both formative/summative evaluations: http://jan.ucc.nau.edu/edtech/etc667/proposal/evaluation/summative_vs._formative.htm
Kids today have grown up with technology, and are comfortable using multi-media. Employers want transferable skills from the classroom to the workplace where problem solving, creativity, and social abilities have been learned. It is essential we teach our students “skills” they can use in the real world.
What trends do you see in education? What lies ahead?