Summary Highlights of Workshop
Discussion of what skills students need to develop to make sure they don’t become obsolete in the world of technology. The following goals and action steps came forward:
1. Knowing how questions work
2. Learning to ask the right questions
3. Being able to use those answers
How: Guiding students in learning instead of 'spoon-feeding' information
o Questions packets for students.
o Reminder to give sufficient wait-time as students think of responses to questions
o Giving hints and examples and rephrasing to guide students from point A to point B)
1. Develop clarity in language
o Students must develop a dominant language to write and think, which is why we’re developing a deeper emotional vocabulary through free-writing at the beginning of class and giving time for students to talk about what they wrote
2. Develop clarity in writing
o Because clarity in writing leads to clarity in thinking.
o Because writing is a catalyst for creativity
o Using pen/ink to help ideas flow out, and instead of worrying about wrong answers, students are building resilience from failure—it's okay to spell things wrong, to start writing one thing then decide you actually want to write about something else.
3. Develop ability to use technology (next)
- Creativity: the nature of questions and how they are applied as a process
- Question: Opens a space in your mind for new information to fit.
Example: "Why did that happen?"
An authentic question is NOT a request for details. A request of details is just that. Example: How wide is this desk?
History and Present Condition of Education:
Memorization and recitation has traditionally been the praised skill in education for thousands of years. That is why a teacher from 100 years ago would probably still feel comfortable in today’s classroom, whereas a doctor from 100 years ago would be lost in today’s hospitals. Research has proven that rote memorization is not effective for student learning, but education is not like the commercial world, where trying and failing is encouraged. Educators cannot risk making a change that wastes a year of a student's life, so the "highest score wins" model is still present, and it's squashing curiosity and creativity.
Vision for Education:
Especially as technology develops, people must be able to bring something new to work every day or be replaced. Therefore, instead of being the source of information, teachers/educators must become guides as students learn to find the information that is already out there and learn to combine it into something new.
The future of student success lies in their human uniques, emotion and intuition, as well as their human superpower, the ability to ask authentic questions. Emotion and intuition are scary words in the schools because they cannot be controlled, but what can be controlled is the questions that are asked, which focuses students even when they lack self-control and self-focus.
Students will also need to engage in the arts to develop creativity and ensure their future relevance in the world. Because art and music are catalysts for creativity.
More information on the brain-mind dynamic (how intelligence, emotion, and intuition all work together): http://www.oisource.com/itp-origins/
More information on the Innovative Thinking Process (the "idea model" in which breakthrough innovators think): http://www.oisource.com/itp/
More information on the nature of creativity: http://www.oisource.com/creativity/