World Class Learners Blog 4

There are so many different opinions about what is the right way to educate students in our day and time. When you look at the pros and cons of our current system in the US, the cons far outweigh the pros. Many of the pros of the Common Core Standards are just barely positive. Regardless of which reformer one agrees or disagrees with, one thing that can easily be seen is that our education system definitely needs to be changed because students are not being prepared for the future.

References

 Meador, D. (2016, July 30). What are some pros and cons of the common core state standards? Retrieved from http://teaching.about.com/od/assess/f/What-Are-Some-Pros-And-Cons-Of-The-Common-Core-Standards.htm

Summerhill. (n.d.). A. S. Neill’s summerhill school. Retrieved from http://www.summerhillschool.co.uk/ 

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

 TEDxNYED. (2010, March). Dan meyer: Math class needs a makeover. Retrieved from https://www.ted.com/talks/dan_meyer_math_curriculum_makeover?language=en#t-137493

Tedx Talks. (2015, March 30). Every child is a Rudolph: Yong Zhao. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XKWr_OCdVEs

Tedx Talks. (2015, August 15). Prepare our kids for life, not standardized tests: Ted dintersmith. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rvhb9aoyeZs

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

 

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.

20% Project

Update 11/20/16:

My 20% project is a website created by my STLP group.

http://www.bluelickstlp.com

 

Update 11/4/16:

With having Halloween on a Monday, we did not have our weekly STLP meeting, so nothing was worked on as far as the 20% project website. We do not have school on this coming Monday, so that’s another week without a meeting. At this point, I’m trying not to panic. Time is flying and I don’t feel like we have made enough progress. I’m hoping I can maybe pull some of the STLP students during my time in the Computer Lab on Wednesday to work on the website. I want them to create a video blog post about their impressions of STLP and what they are learning. I also need to discuss some cyber safety issues, such as not putting last names on posts.

http://www.bluelickstlp.com

Update 10/18/16:

We now have the STLP website up and running. The students worked on taking more video of their work with the VEX robot. I showed them some of the basics of WordPress and how to embed a video from YouTube. I told them they will take turns making posts after each of our meetings. They will also each make a post to introduce themselves and describe what they are doing with STLP. Another thing they will have to do is decide on a Theme for the website and if they want to change colors, texts, add pictures, etc.

 

Update 10/4/16:

I was speaking with the teacher I am working with on STLP and the VEX robot. I think I may have the students, rather than create a digital portfolio of their school/class work, make their blog website a digital portfolio of all of their work with robotics. I didn’t realize how many different aspects there are, different competitions they can enter, etc. They can create designs and post them to their blog, take videos of their practice with the robot and post them, blog about their experiences, and much more. This would still be a great thing to show middle schools when they apply at the end of the year, especially if they plan to apply to one of the technology or science magnet schools. As far as a timeline, our next meeting is Monday 10/10/16. I’m going to plan to have the students set up their blogs that day. We have meetings on the following dates: 10/17, 10/24, 11/14, 11/28, and 12/5. I would expect them to have at least one post per meeting, but they could choose what to put on their blog. They could post more if they wish.

 

My project proposal:

The purpose of this project is for STLP students to create a blog website that serves as a digital portfolio of their academic and school-related work. The audience will be staff members at the middle schools to which the students apply. The STLP students will have the freedom to design their blog however they choose to show their personalities, as well as the freedom to choose which items to add as part of their digital portfolio. I will require them to have an intro page of some sort and at least ten pieces of work displayed on the website. How they present the work, whether through copying and pasting text from a document, taking and posting pictures of their projects, or scanning a document to post, is entirely up to them. They can even include items created during STLP as part of their portfolio. They will need to include some form of description with each item to explain what it is. This will take approximately eight weeks from start to finish. I would use the computer lab, which has AB Tutor, to demonstrate for the students on their screens how to create and set up their blogs. We can use the iPad to take pictures of and/or record footage of any items to put on their website.

World Class Learners Blog Post 1

Blog Post 1

  • Use a mindmap Web 2.0 tool to outline a debate between the head of the National Governor’s Association, Sir Ken Robinson, and Yong Zhao about Global homogenization: International benchmarking.

mindmap

  • Before reading any father, how would you predict that an “entrepreneurial mindset” (Zhao, 2012, p. 5) would change education today? What would be some specific changes at your school if we truly embraced this mindset toward education at your school?

In my opinion, an entrepreneurial mindset would change education by altering how students are assessed as well as changing how the content is taught. I do not believe lessons would be driven by core content standards if schools were thinking with an entrepreneurial mindset. What would be important to teach is ways of thinking. There would be a lot more freedom as to how basics are presented, such as reading and math. There would definitely be little to no testing taking place if education was based on an entrepreneurial mindset. Assessing would be done through project and presentations. Students would be given choices as to what they would create to be assessed on. The skills learned through doing this would be deemed important because those skills are what employers are looking for in employees. If things like those mentioned above occurred, I believe the graduation rate would go up and the unemployment rate would go down.

There are so many instances right now where students graduating from high school and college are unemployable because they lack the skills necessary for the jobs of today. I saw this cartoon the other day.

politicalcartoon

Students are just being taught how to memorize information, not how to take what they know and apply it to situations. One of the main problems are that employers “find today’s college graduates severely lacking in some basic skills, particularly problem solving, decision making, and the ability to prioritize tasks” (Selingo, 2015). What’s really scary is that the students have a false sense of security, because they have attained good grades, which were based on standardized tests. These graduates believe they are truly ready and qualified for the workforce, but they aren’t (Hyde & Bravo, 2015).

References

Cartoon Taking Tests. (n.d.). [Image]. Retrieved from http://www.hmleague.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Cartoon-taking-tests.png

Hyde, J. & Bravo, A. (2015, September 21). Students think they’re ready for the real world; employers, not so much. Retrieved from http://www.forbes.com/sites/realspin/2015/09/21/students-think-theyre-ready-for-the-real-world-employers-not-so-much/#3aa10c653e81

ISTE. (2012, July 9). ISTE 2012 Tuesday keynote featuring yong zhao. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mKXeNKsjoMI&feature=related

Selingo, J. J. (2015, January 26). Why are so many college students failing to gain job skills before graduation? Retrieved from https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/grade-point/wp/2015/01/26/why-are-so-many-college-students-failing-to-gain-job-skills-before-graduation/

TED 2006. (2006, February). Ken robinson: Do schools kill creativity? Retrieved from http://www.ted.com/talks/ken_robinson_says_schools_kill_creativity

TED 2007. (2007, March). Gever tulley: 5 dangerous things you should let your kids do. Retrieved from http://www.ted.com/talks/gever_tulley_on_5_dangerous_things_for_kids

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