Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Not Enough

It's not enough anymore.  

It's not enough to teach the way we were taught.  The world has changed.

It's not enough to let students use computers and digital tools.  They need to be taught to use them.  

It's not enough to hand out countless worksheets to demonstrate mastery of a skill students knew coming in, when they should have already been allowed to move on-and actually use that information on something that matters to them. 

We can't keep doing what we've always done and expect different results, and what we've always done before isn't enough anymore.  

Imagine a carpentry apprenticeship, or even a middle school shop class, in which the teacher spreads all the tools out and tells the students the first day that they will be using these, but they'll have to figure out how to use them on their own.  Even if the best of things happen, the skills and things created won't be as good as if they were taught to use the tools effectively from the start. 

And that means that it's not enough to have the tools and to let students use them, we need to know how to use them, too.  

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