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When I was a child, I remember spending so much time going through microfiche to find just the right bit of information to share with the teacher. In those days, finding the right information and recollecting that information was the mark of a good student.
Today, knowledge and information is at our fingertips. In fact, there is so much information that it's tough to know where to start and what's the best source to use. Therefore, accessing the right information at the right time is more important than just finding information.
Focusing on skills rather than knowledge is a shift in how we do school. It changes what students are taught and how they are taught.
What do these shifts look like in the classroom?
This type of learning is easy to capture because there are artifacts as evidence of learning. I could have gone to any number of AJUSD blogs to look for artifacts, but was able to find a plethora of content to share from Mrs. Hamman's post titled, The End of Another Great Year!
How we “do school” has changed, and focusing on 21st century learning skills is the shift taking place. We see this shift in the Common Core State Standards, and we see this shift as a necessity to prepare students for college and careers.
Change isn't easy, but it's a necessity. I'm proud of our school district, because we are focused on giving our students 21st century, student-centered classrooms.
- What shifts do you see in how we "do school"?
- Change takes time, and progression occurs one step at a time. What goals have you made to take another step forward this school year?
- What questions or comments do you have regarding this post?
Note: This post was written because I was asked to speak at the Rotary Club meeting about how AJUSD is using technology in the classrooms.