Mar. 28, 2011
A fifteen minute presentation format is a very short time to try to build a case for a big idea. Alan November’s TEDxNYED talk is about how the current culture of school typically underestimates the contribution that many students would make to solve real problems and to make a contribution to help classmates learn. Of course, a model of teaching to the test does not promote the kind of higher order problem solving that I try to outline in the talk. Alan is hopeful that authentic work and a culture of student contribution can support the current obsession with test scores.
I am very interested in what others have to say. Please respond to any of my questions and add your own.
- What are the opportunities for authentic work for students within the current structure of school?
- Can we really expect all students to make a contribution to the learning community?
- How do we help teachers manage the shift of control to the students making much more of a contribution to their own learning and to the community?