Monday, December 1, 2014

This Will Revolutionize Education!

The claim in the title of this post has been made for decades going back as far as Thomas Edison.

It's been wrong every time.

We now live in an era where experts tell educators that tablets and tests are going to revolutionize education, but it's just ain't so. These experts have a clear motive for spreading their nonsense: PROFIT from sales of tests and tablets and income from selling teachers the latest snake oil.

They should be shown the schoolroom door. They have no business telling teachers how to teach.

When I was at the beginning of my teaching career personal computers promised to completely revolutionize education, and I was swept up in the enthusiasm for machines that came into the classroom. I was an early adopter of computers, but soon abandoned them.

I found that kindergarten kids, especially boys, engage in much more valuable learning from using "The Three B's" Bikes, Blocks, and Bars than they ever learned from classroom computers.

What a good teacher does is to set the social and emotional container for students to work together in the learning THEY DO.

It's a classroom where safety, happiness, and kindness and blended with challenges, humor, and forgiveness.

The video below has a look at what I'm talking about:

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