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Fighting Words in Education


Edgar Dales says some pretty powerful words. For some teachers, they may even be fighting words. The kind of words that cause us to take offense and defend our position on how we do business in our classrooms. But the reality is if we only remember…

10% of what we read

20% of what we hear

30% of what we see

50% of what we see and hear

70% of what we discuss with others

80% of what we personally experience

And 95% of what we teach others…

What does that say about the actual learning that goes on in the classroom and how- as teachers- the typical “stand and deliver” methods must change? ISTE has caused me to truly think about the way my classroom is handled. I may be a phenomenal teacher, but if my phenomenal status hinges on content or lessons I am delivering to my students, despite how focused and on-task they may seem, it doesn’t make me a phenomenal teacher. It simply means I deliver content well to an audience.

For me, it means my goal this year needs to be providing opportunities for my students to connect their reading and writing to real-world events and people as much as possible. It means integrating Skype and other collaboration tools which are readily available that enable our students to not only discuss with others what they are reading, seeing, and hearing in the classroom, but also experience collaboration and world-awareness outside of the four walls that encompass our classroom.

A chat that centered on professional development was underway when I made the comment that I was glad I was the teacher and had the opportunity to watch & learn instead of actually teaching PD. These are the 2 comments from my friend, Rafranz Davis:
 
Teach??... Adults?... ME...?? Ummm...... No.
Then this tweet followed:
 
 
 
It was when I read this second comment, sighed with relief and thought, "Well yes- I can share all day long... teach? Not so much," that I had my lightbulb moment. For some reason sharing doesn't seem as intimidating, yet in many ways is the same. It was in this moment I thought about what an awesome summer it has been as far as growth. I have read others' blogs, lurked on many a Tweet Chat, seen face to face many educators I learn from and rely on, discussed various topics in education, and personally experienced the power of having avenues to share and collaborate. It will definitely be a summer to remember... and yes- I can definitely share my experience with others. But all this will be diminished if I don't provide the same learning opportunities for my students. It's not enough for them to read, see, and hear the content; as Edgar Dales said, it needs to be discussed, experienced, and shared with others if I truly want to say that my students learned from me this school year!
 
 
 
 
 
 



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