Nov 29, 2010
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Ask Me A Question, One You Don’t Know the Answer to

Students are begging for a re-thinking of education. They don’t want to be preached to, they don’t want to be told what to know. You aren’t the bearer of all knowledge, Google can do it quicker. They don’t want you to lecture them, to fabricate life for them. They want to learn authentically.

They want to be helped. No doubt about it. They want to be taught. Just not like it always has been. They want to be pushed into new directions, new ways of thinking. Content bores them. Inquiry, true inquiry engages them.

It is our job to listen to the words of our students. It is our job to listen to what they say silently with their behaviour.

A student told me today, “There are teachers who don’t allow students to write on the board.” We’d miss out on the insight these doodles offer.

I say, let’s get messy. Let’s learn. You can’t really have one without the other.

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