“What are you going to learn? How are you going to learn it? How are you going to show me your learning? This became our mantra — our framework for learning. This is what it means to give students “control over their education.”
After I read the above article, I began to really think about this statement. It reminds me of how frustrated I am with the current behaviouristic approach most learning institutions have adopted, or shall I day, never left.
As an adult educator, I feel the majority of my prep time and teaching time is spent trying to stay within the perimeters of the schedule set forth by the program administrators. This not only limits the students creativity but also mine as their instructor. So I ponder…can this be changed? Can I change this? When I’ve thought about the possibility of moving towards student centered learning , my mind says “impossible, there is so much to do with so little time”, but my heart says “but I want to, I need to, there has to be a better way then me just blah, blah, blahing for 2 hours”.
Rome wasn’t built in a day, and I tend to be an “all or nothing” type of person, so the thought of changing my teaching approach is overwhelming, yet necessary.
This article has encouraged me to begin change, a small change, but change. Change is good right?
I have decided to assign my students 2 specific learning concepts from their next module. I say specific as I have to ensure that the knowledge they are attaining meets specific requirements for their National Exam. I will go over the learning objectives with them as usual. They will find their resources, and learn the concepts in their own learning styles. They can work in groups, alone, whatever they wish, as long as the concepts are learned within the deadline. They will be in charge of their own schedule.
“What are you going to learn? How are you going to learn it? How are you going to show me your learning?”
Before they begin I will ask them the above questions, taken from the article, to ensure everyone is on the right track, a deadline will be given.
Tell me what you think? Am I on the right track? I welcome suggestions.
I will let you know what happens!