How do we get to an open boundless classroom?
What does boundless mean?
Can there be a boundless classroom?
Is it possible to freely explore within current constraints?
Can we see why classrooms need to be boundless?
What constitutes a meaningful learning experience?
Where do students learn and is it more meaningful than a classroom?
What role does failure play?
Learning is a masterpiece in disguise.
Learning without the teacher
What's the difference between personalized learning and personal learning?
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Within in the current framework, educators need to take risks with each other, with content, with pedagogy, with technology.
Breaking down the traditional role of educator is important to making a shift in education.
Anything goes, no restrictions is boundless. Bounded is its antonym. If bounded is the antonym how do we, as educators, give move past these constraints? Is it a matter of accepting what is an what is foisted upon us?
Boundless is open. In my mind I'm free to educate students, think outside the box, to give them the learning they need.
Yes. While I have to consider the constraints in place, I must also find solutions. The solutions are as open as I want them to be or closed as my mind allows. What is needed is shift in mindset. Getting out of the metaphorical textbook and classroom walls makes innovation and creativity. When boundaries go away we are free to explore.
Yes. Constraints will be a normal part of education and focusing on this will further limit the innovation in schools, classrooms, and within educators.
Part of growing up is the adolescent need to push the boundaries and determine limits. Here, I think of educators pushing limits. Pushing administration to allow open pedagogy and open learning. Educators need to become more like the adolescent who pushes the boundaries to find out what can be vs. what is.
Empowering students and creating student agency is important to a boundless classroom. By giving students agency we offer students voice, and hearing their voice is more important than hearing our own voice. Typically the voice of the educator is the only one heard in the classroom? What if we listened more to the voice of students than to our own? Would our classroom change? Would that make us uncomfortable?
Focus on teaching sharpens the pencil. Focus on learning is a different conversation. Learning is the sole purpose of school and this moves the conversation from what teachers do to what students do. This places student at the center of education rather than policy, school structure, and so on.
What makes learning meaningful? Learning is meaningful when learners ascribe meaning to it. It makes an impact in their thinking, reflection, and life perspective. How teachers facilitate and coach students within learning to be meaningful is key.
Students learn where they choose. How many of them truly learn in school, or does it happen outside the physical space of schools?
My perception is that student learn passionately outside of school because they are driving what they want to learn. The Internet offers any form and any time learning. If video works best, they use. If audio is best, they use. The point is that student learning is more meaningful to them when they drive it.
Is it possible to have students drive their learning in a Common Core, standardized test world? Yes, it's possible. Educators can give permission to freely learn the essential standards and learning targets in their way. This allows the learner to tailor their learning in ways that make sense to them.
Failure leads to iteration and iteration leads to innovation. It is imperative that educators fail. Too often we are focused on playing it safe.
One of Scott Glass's students coined this phrase. Learning is messy.
Isn't this the point of education? I'm sure there are more foci, but it seems to me that we want to create learners who know how to learn.
This is a major shift in framework. Educators are used to be the focus; the ones with all of the knowledge. Not so.
Personalized learning is set by the teacher with an end goal. Personal learning is set by the individual.
Kids are sitting in desk from 1940s learning a curriculum designed in 1900 with modern devices and desires. #educon Change!
Presenters: David Jakes & Scott Glass
Scott is an instructional coach for BBHCSD helping educators shift instructional practices to design effective, student-centered instruction in a 1:1 and blended learning environment. He presents and speaks to audiences locally, statewide, and nationally. Scott is active on Twitter, LinkedIn, Google +, and Flipboard.
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