21st Century Teaching nuts and bolts

Shelley Wright’s 21st Century Teaching blog post I don’t thing is really talking about 21st century learning/teaching.  I believe it is reexamining learning the way it was done way back in the 16th Century, where knowledge was capped only by a students interest to learn. Like Galileo below…

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I think the real debate I can see here is a teaching being a Guru vs. a Guide to learning.

As a Guru:

  • Students learn what is decided by the teacher what will be taught.

As a Guide:

  • Teacher’s assist students to explore and discover what is most important to learn.

As a Guru:

  • Teacher’s are all knowing, information beyond the teacher’s knowledge isn’t important to know.

As a Guide:

  • Teacher’s (as Shelley Wright described) are co-collaborators learning alongside and giving guidance rather then force feeding information inorganically.

As a Guru:

  • Teacher’s keep learning and assignments into a very rigid box that is easy to interpret and evaluate for the teacher’s sake.

As a Guide:

  • Learning is a process in which discovery information and demonstration of material mastery is up to the student to determine and the teacher to measure appropriately.

Finally…

A Guru asks:

  • What’s the answer, how did you get there and what did you learn?

A Guide asks:

  • Why is that the answer, how else could you come up with that conclusion, and where do you go from here?

As I’ve laid out above, the difference between 21st and 16th Century teaching is mostly the mindset of the teacher and students, with a small sprinkle of technology and worldwide resources available at the click of a mouse.

The hope I have is to be able to apply this teaching technique to children much younger than high school aged kids seen in the article, and not teach kids what to learn, but teach kids how to get excited about discovery.

Billy Madison gif, because it’s a great movie and gifs are fun.
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One thought on “21st Century Teaching nuts and bolts

  1. Great post…who doesn’t love Billy Madison:) thanks for providing your perspective on the differences of guru v. guide. It is this level of controlling the perspective of knowledge (or at least what is valued) being delivered by the some teachers that is out dated. Kids today no longer just learn from teachers, and family members.

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