This was an interesting day of fumbling through twitter and making connections with all the my new friends #psd70. The video we watch of Seth Godin on our education system was interesting, what I watched of it while I was still fumbling with Twitter. It didn’t necessarily change my philosophy on education but it made me look again at the class I was teaching when I got back school and how I was going to approach it.
I believe a school should be about discovery, curiosity and creating social relationships. But as I looked at my lesson plan for science that I had planned, it had very little self-directed discovery in it, so I changed it. I went online and used Google, Sorry George No Twitter, and found a website that my students could navigate safely on their own (Grade 4). They put themselves into pairs and I let them explore and come back with things to talk about. I feel it was one of the best lessons I have taught all year and I didn’t really teach anything.
When I first left the Central office after our first session of Learning Leader Yesterday, I was a little disappointed, and felt it was a little unstructured. But after a day of reflection, what George did with us yesterday was exactly what I did to my students when I got back. He made us curious and encouraged us to discover.
If you didn’t get a chance to see the whole Movie with Seth Godin here it is.