Today's Students Are Different
Because our students today are native technology users, they approach learning differently to adults. They engage with knowledge in a different manner. This means that teaching needs to adapt. If we as teachers don't change our teaching methods, we are disadvantaging our students. Have you had a look at those amazing kids in these videos? If not watch them now, listen to their stories, hear the passion in their voices. These are all students in a school. Their learning is guided by a team of teachers. So what is it that these teachers do to engage them in their learning? How would you engage them in their learning?
Become a Facilitator
Students don’t need you to give them any information – they can find it faster on their own. They do need teachers to learn how to validate that information, how to synthesise it, how to leverage it into new ideas and to solve problems.
Turn Lectures into Presentations
Instead of using class time to deliver your curriculum, leverage the power of a flipped classroom (read more) to give your students the opportunity to make presentations about their learning and present the products they create. At times turn your classroom into a student presentation studio!
What it looks like at one school
DER project officer Grant Ward worked closley with one school to bring 21st century teaching into student learning. This video is a snapshot of what it looks like.