Resources and Reflections

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Learner Centered Education

In preparation for the book discussions, Karl Fisch's Fishbowl blog, Karl Fisch shares the following quote from another blog.

"Twenty-first century education won’t be defined by any new technology. It won’t
be defined by 1:1 laptop programs or tech-intensive projects. Twenty-first
century education will, however, be defined by a fundamental shift in what we
are teaching—a shift towards learner-centered education and creating creative thinkers.This comment makes an all-too common mistake. It confuses teaching, learning and curriculum. They are not the same! "A fundamental shift in what we are teaching" refers to content, not how students learn or think. In fact, I do not believe that you can create creative thinkers since learning is what the
learner does - not the result of teaching.""

"What you teach is curricular content. How you teach is pedagogy. Learning
is the process of growth undertaken by the learner. Knowledge is the consequence
of experience."  From - http://www.tuttlesvc.org/2008/01/historical-role-of-ces-common.html

Do you agree with the following?

From the Coalition of Essential Schools Ten Common Principles

Learning to use one's mind well
Less is More, depth over coverage
Goals apply to all students
Student-as-worker, teacher-as-coach
Demonstration of mastery
A tone of decency and trust
Commitment to the entire school
Resources dedicated to teaching and learning
Democracy and equity


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