For most of this year I have been designing online resources for trade courses. Whilst I love working with the tradies to develop these courses I am missing the classroom. So I need to prioritise working on a balance. I love to work with the teachers to mentor blended learning and student engagement as well as my online work. This was one of the big take-a-ways from both conferences.
Eric Mazur (@ericmazur) reminded me the importance of Blooms Taxonomy in developing skills.
My two favorite quotes from Eric are,
"Perfect is the enemy of done"
"Teaching is non evasive brain surgery"
Too often students think that 90% will do. "Perfect, I'm done." There can always be improvement and reflection.
Learners need to be connected to learning
Dean Shareski (@shareski) reminded us that joy is a key component in teaching and learning. Emotionally connecting helps cement memories much more strongly than when students are empty vessels filling their brains with content.
Kevin Honeycutt (@kevinhoneycutt) inspired us with some of his projects where students have the opportunities to be entrepreneurs and make a difference. Check out the amazing GoDium project.
I love this quote from Kevin
Dan Haesler (@danhaesler) at the EdtechSA conference also highlighted the need to have learning that is going to stretch students and give them real world experiences. I love the idea of students writing proposals for real work and encouraging entrepreneurship. Freelancer is a great site where students can solve real problems and get paid to do it!
There were great conversations and many more inspiring messages however they will have to wait for another blog post.
Until next time,