The future of education?

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  1. Joey Till says:

    Hello Mr. Emeny,

    I have enjoyed following you this summer and have learned a lot. I to believe each student needs to go at their own pace. I have designed my website similar to yours, except instead of videos there is just a page of instruction. Check out the project center on the left. Click on the text and it takes you to the informative page, click on the pic and it tells gives the student a project to work on. We do this twice a week and don’t do worksheets and tests. I will never go back to the traditional way, it is amazing to watch the kids grow and have conversations with them about their learning.

    Thanks again for sharing your knowledge.

    Joey

  2. Interesting stuff – I’ve been wrestling with the same problems and am currently working on the use of “complex instruction” as a possible solution – see part 2 of the following post:

    http://wp.me/p2M8I1-8O

    This has been a fascinating experience so far: seeing pupils beginning to take responsibility for their learning, to not rely on me for answers, to build the vital social skills needed to work effectively as part of a team, and (certainly for some) to invest real emotion in solving a problem themselves.

    I can see that access to learning materials (videos, websites, instruction sheets, dare I say it: text books!), but at their own pace and taken on their own terms, could be a key part of this process. This is not without its dangers though: these learning materials are useful to help in the learning of skills and techniques, but as we know, there is a huge amount more to learning mathematics (or anything else for that matter) and I wonder whether much of that can be gained from sitting in front of a computer?

    “We don’t employ people as knowledge bases, we employ people to actually do things or solve things… I want flexibility and continuous learning, I need team working, and part of team working is communication…” Ray Peacock, research director of Phillips Laboratories. (Excerpt from “The Elephant in the Classroom” by Jo Boaler

    Thanks again for your post, and the wealth of resources and ideas!

    Nyima

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