I teach, therefore you learn... or do you?

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Exploring the changing expectations of our students.


I teach, therefore you learn... or do you? The changing expectations of our pupils We no longer live the way we used to We teach the way we used to We teach the way we were taught Our philosophy may be outdated We may be stuck in our old ways The old may feel safe and reliable Perhaps the new offers a better alternative Consider this: Charles Dickens wrote like this But our pupils read Charles dickens like this Yet we expect our pupils to produce work like this But not like this It may be time to reconsider the way we teach But why? Our pupils are not that different from us But they experience the world differently Think about it... Our generation watched TV: Limited information Structured schedules Their generation use computers: Limitless information 24/7 access Our pupils share the same interests we had: Friendship Socialising But they use different tools The means of communication have changed This is how they communicate: Communication may hold the key We need to start listening We need to teach using the right tools We need to teach life skills We need to stop resisting change We risk being left behind If we are to meet our students expectations If we are to engage our pupils If we are to remain relevant If we want them to learn from us We may need to learn from them http://www.flickr.com/photos/foundphotoslj/466722575/ Photos from: http://www.flickr.com/photos/59866125@N00/2569980414/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/abennett96/3168581574/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/bcostin/75494566/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/abbyladybug/2090551827/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/leobard/3157146320/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/pshab/498122926/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/96957132@N00/132505259/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/lanier67/2979124681/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/ul_marga/755378645/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/benandjenn/2419628201/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/tfrancis/2914270909/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/rrrodrigo/1343759318/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/jasewiththeface/2351957152/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/kaswenden/116786466/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/fake_eyes/342753239/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/emokr/309215062/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/julisuarezvalente/3083877028/ Special thanks to A. Simner & W. Orchard www.boxoftricks.net


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