Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Connections

"Students will be able to work in the way that comes naturally for them. Teachers can be learning leaders with time to pay attention to each student. And school organizations can navigate the impending financial maelstrom without abdicating their mission." (pg. 112)

I see a clear connection between Rick Stiggins' work on Assessment FOR Learning and Christensen's ideas to disrupt the traditional classroom. Once students know what their targets are, involving them in the process of how to obtain the skill or knowledge would help students learn in ways that their brains are wired to learn. I envision a classroom where students know the targets but they are perhaps learning in many different ways and engaged in the process. Our conversations at the conference were focused on getting started with our struggling learners and interventions which could be tried to support their learning based on their learning style. I wonder where this will lead us? Less staff to support struggling learners-the board will like that. Less frustrated and failing students-the staff and principal will like that. Students engaged in their learning and still "in the game"-everyone will like that. It is exciting to think about the possibilities which disruptive thinking can bring to our schools.

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