While this youtube refers to students at a university level, many of the key points that Donald Clarke makes about teaching and learning are very thought-provoking for us as educators and parents of children going into a rapidly changing world and workforce. Some of his ideas are certainly very applicable to the primary context however perhaps even more importantly, he highlights how rapidly change is taking place in teaching and learning and how technology is playing a pivotal role.
Change is part of life and as each year goes by, we are faced with an ever increasing rate of change in all aspects of our lives. Schools are not exempt from this change as we grapple with preparing students for a world that increasingly needs good critical and creative thinkers, and effective collaborators and communicators who are technologically savvy.
As leaders in schools one of our many tasks is to ensure that our teachers are well supported to respond to this change and that our physical spaces are also set up to accommodate our students for the best outcomes possible!
“When learners are engaged in defining their learning processes and when they have ownership to choose and to use digital tools to express themselves, their excitement becomes tangible and long-lasting.” In this way learning is enhanced!