I recently read and was inspired by the vignettes in PLP’s The Connected Learner: Powering Up and thought I would share some of the notable quotables. There are many as you will see, but the one I will reflect on is the very first, which, I believe is simple, yet poignant: “In the 21st Century, teachers must be learners first.”
As teachers, one of our oft-stated objectives is to create life-long learners and to instill a joy of learning. How can we encourage and want that for our students and not engage in that ourselves? There is so much to learn on an almost daily basis, and as teachers we need to continue to push ourselves to find ways to connect with other teaching professionals and engage in learning opportunities. Some of the ways I do this are participating in Twitter conversations, following blogs, going to conferences both in person and virtually, and reading as much as I can find. I think you will find that the more you seek out the learning, the more you will find that there is a lot more learning to be done!
- In the 21st century, teachers must be learners first.
- “We can’t continue to have classrooms look the way they did 50 years ago and tell ourselves that we are teaching our students effectively” ~Shelley Wright
- My students need the kind of education that requires them to think critically, problem solve, and learn skills of collaboration, rather than memorize for an exam and forget everything the next day, or believe that there’s only one answer to a problem.
- Here’s the dilemma: With the world changing so rapidly, being educated takes on new meaning. ~Patti Grayson
- the framework of education must change so that we are much more intentional about creating “lifelong learners” who leverage the technologies with passion and purpose. ~Patti Grayson
- If (professional sharing) works so well for (teachers), and makes us feel so good, imagine what it would mean for our students. Shouldn’t our students have opportunities to teach and learn from one another – to develop and share their expertise? ~Renee Hawkins
- We have to look at how students like to learn on their own, so we can make learning more enjoyable and engaging in the classroom ~Patti Grayson
- Learning is an active, participatory venture.
- Adherents of constructivism essentially believe that children learn by being actively engaged in and reflecting on their experiences: children learn through social interaction with others, they have different ways and modes of learning, and they develop higher-order thinking through guidance at critical points in the learning process
- If educational reform is to be successful it must start with how students learn and how teachers teach, not with legislated outcomes.~Shelley Wright
- It’s a shame when it’s spent memorizing and regurgitating disconnected facts that are of no use to their “real lives,” when instead they could be engaged in developing skills such as problem-solving, collaboration, critical thinking, information literacy, and other 21st century assets. ~Shelley Wright
- If you truly want to take advantage of the web and connect with educators, you have to invest some time in participating online. Time is the first obstacle and strongest argument teachers in Norway have against participating ~Ann Michaelson
- The best learning is messy! ~ Brian Crosby
- Are we guiding students who feel driven to self-direct their own learning toward production tools like blogs that will allow them to demonstrate their knowledge base and potentially make meaningful connections with experts in their field of interest? ~Jenny Luca
- Making the effort to grow and cultivate a personal learning network is essential to today’s teacher. It should be part of our professional toolkit and viewed as important as face-to-face, bricks and mortar, or professional development opportunities — maybe even more so. ~Renee Hawkins
- see Scott Mcleod’s quote below
17. I wonder how and why notes and tests became the summation of our student’s acquisition of knowledge and understanding, and what it will take to put us back on the path to real learning. ~Shelley Wright
18. Teaching by getting out of the way: finding that balance. I don’t want anyone to become so frustrated that they want to quit. But I don’t want anyone to be so dependent that they can’t find their own creativity and abilities and learning path. ~Marsha Ratzel
19. How often do we take the time to ask children what learning means to them?
There are so many thought-provoking ideas in this collection of articles. Which one resonates most with you? How will you continue to be a life-long learner and inspire your students to take control of their own learning?