World Class Learners Blog Post 3

1.      Create a lesson plan or design an activity for your grade level that uses gapminder.com. It needs to be at least at a CReaTE level 3 or higher across all four components.

Using the Bad Teeth per Child (12 yr) chart at gapminder.org, students will review the information presented in the chart.

As a class, a discussion will take place about how to read the chart and what it tells you.

Working in partners, students will identify 5 countries with the highest amounts of bad teeth and hypothesize as to why these countries may have high rates of tooth decay, conducting research as necessary.

Based upon information learned about the countries with the higher amounts of tooth decay in 12 year olds, students will use Microsoft Publisher to create an informative brochure about dental health and its importance that could be handed out to families with young children.

Possible items to include in the brochure are: basic information about how to keep teeth clean and healthy, alternative ways to keep teeth clean when certain resources aren’t available, how dental health is linked to overall health. Each brochure needs to have references cited, a clear title and heading for each section, and at least 2 graphics or images.

 

1 – Novice 2 – Apprentice 3 – Proficient 4 – Distinguished
Required Items ·         Some items are included: references, title & heading, no graphics/pictures ·         All items are included: references, title & heading, no graphics/pictures ·         All items are included: references, title & heading, 2 graphics/pictures ·         All items are included: references, title & heading, 3+ graphics/pictures
Grammar/Accurate Information ·         5 + spelling or grammatical errors.

·         Most information is accurate.

·         3-5 spelling or grammatical errors.

·         All information is accurate.

·         1-2 spelling or grammatical errors.

·         All information is accurate.

·         No spelling or grammatical errors.

·         All information is accurate.

 

3.     Zhao says, “The US economy is three times as large as the second largest economy in the world, China which has four times the population…the United States is still viewed as the hotbed of innovation and entrepreneurship…American education operates under the same paradigm as the Chinese education system.” So what are differences in the two countries’ school systems? Don’t forget to use sources other than Zhao to support your response.

China’s education system is about memorizing information and facts, not about learning how to think. Students can find the answer but could not explain why they need to know how to do what they are doing or how it applies to the world. Its system is extremely focused on scoring well on standardized tests. Students have no freedom to pursue their own interests. Creativity has been thrown out the window. The education system provides the only way for students to be successful in life. If one is not successful at school in China, they will not be successful in life. Their one purpose is to do well in school and find a good job, rather than using entrepreneurial skills to create new jobs (Zhao, 2012).

While the US education system is designed like that of China’s, it is not implemented in the same manner. Students are still given choices. They can pursue their interests and are not doomed for the rest of their lives if they are not successful in school. There are so many more options for students in the US. Teachers spend much time teaching students how to do things and how to think along with attempting to have students memorize facts (Zhao, 2012). Schools often have students creating and completing assignments that require students to use skills they would need for a future career, whereas in China people often don’t learn these skills until they are adults and/or already in the workplace (Wang, 2012). There is a trend now occurring where students from China are coming to the US to attend college, because “schools in China equal boring and pure memorizing [while] schools in the United States are places of studying” (Barlow, 2013).

For our changing world, the type of education students receive in the US may actually be more beneficial than what students receive in China. The US students may be better able to create new jobs to replace the disappearing ones in our global economy.

References

ACS International Schools. (2013, March 22). Ecis tech conf march 2013 – Marc prensky’s keynote speech. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8t2K9xyFE-o

 Barlow, R. (2013, May 22). Chinese students adjust to american education. Retrieved from http://www.bu.edu/today/2013/chinese-students-adjust-to-american-education/

 TED@State. (2009, June). Hans rosling: Let my dataset change your mindset. Retrieved from http://www.ted.com/talks/hans_rosling_at_state?language=en

 TED2008. (2008, February). Dave eggers: My wish: Once upon a school. Retrieved from http://www.ted.com/talks/dave_eggers_makes_his_ted_prize_wish_once_upon_a_school

Wang, A. (2012, July 9). The difference between chinese and american education. Retrieved from http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/1483758-the-difference-between-chinese-and-american-education/

Zhao, Y. (2012). World class leaners: Educating creative and entrepreneurial students. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin.

 

World Class Learners Blog Post 2

    • Create an infographic using a Web 2.0 tool to present two points on which Robinson, Pink, and Zhao would agree about the entrepreneur spirit and developing this disposition in youth. You may also add some discussion under your infographic that you embed in your blog response.

 

    • Zhao discussed many aspects of our changed world and the reason for such high unemployment rates all over the world, even among those with a college education. Research some changes in education over the last 25 years and discuss how they have affected the unemployment of many teachers and/or why many leave the profession.

 

There have been many changes in education over the past 25 years, many dealing with how students are assessed. Standardized tests have become the end-all, be-all for assessing students’ performance. Less than half of teachers believe that these tests are an effective way to check student performance (Rebora, 2009). Because these tests are required and now often becoming tied to an educator’s paycheck, they also bring a large amount of stress. Many teachers feel it is not worth staying in the field, being paid so little compared to the amount of stress they must deal with. The question is, though, even if teacher salaries were increased tremendously, would it decrease the amount of teachers leaving the profession?

 

Other changes in schools over the past few decades deal with the level of parent involvement, disciplinary actions taken, and the amount of duties required of teachers (Rebora, 2009). Teachers no longer have the ability to keep certain unruly students under control because they can no longer discipline students. They often spend large portions of their day trying to get their classrooms under control, which adds to the already high stress level (Miller, 2015). Many times, discipline wouldn’t be an issue if parental involvement was still high, but it’s not.

 

What has really changed, though, is the amount of freedom that has been taken away from teachers over the past 25 years. They no longer have the freedom to teach students what they feel is best. Or the freedom to assess students’ knowledge in the way they know is best. Or the support of parents to ensure respect from children. Because there is little freedom left for teachers, new and innovative ways of teaching will not be developed, which are needed to prepare students for our ever-changing world.

 

Miller, K. (2015). Significant changes in education over the years. Retrieved from http://blog.enroll.com/post/Significant-Changes-in-Education-Over-the-Years

 

Rebora, A. (2009, February 25). Report: Teachers see progress over past 25 years. Retrieved from http://www.edweek.org/tm/articles/2009/02/25/09metlife.html

 

TED 2010. (2010, February). Ken robinson: Bring on the learning revolution. Retrieved from http://www.ted.com/talks/sir_ken_robinson_bring_on_the_revolution

 

TED Global 2009. (2009, July). Dan pink: The puzzle of motivation. Retrieved from http://www.ted.com/talks/dan_pink_on_motivation?language=en

 

Zhao, Y. (2012). World class leaners: Educating creative and entrepreneurial students. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin.