Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Teaching our K-8 Students

The book talks about online courses for high school and college students. How do we prepare our students who are now in grades K-8 for this disrupted classroom when they are in high school and college? What skills do we give them now so that they are prepared for this 'new' classroom? Just imagine what a high school and college classroom will look like when our now kindergarteners are in higher education.


  1. Although your posting does not specifically address "language dancing"(a term I absolutely love!),from my point of view, what "the dance" really is speaking to is the importance of building "reciprocal
    "relationship" across all phases of the educational cycle using "sophisticated, chatty language" that is rich and complex. Conversations that foster inner thought and self-realization develop a sense of autonomy, empowerment and self-esteem. Generally speaking, our classrooms of today operate primarily using the "business language" model. "Directives" from the teacher...responses from the children. I guess my point is, let's not limit the language dance to only the early years. Dance the dance in pre-school,in K-8, through 9-12 and beyond.
    I can feel the need of a research project emerging!

  2. This is the real challenge for most of the BRSU schools. K-8 concerns are not at all addressed. However, I like the idea of utilizing "language dancing" as stated above. That concept should push our education practices. I also believe that the pressures of preparing kids the newly transformed high school experience will pull at our education practices. Essentially we are looking for a number of forces that will push and pull us into the 21st century. I am sure there are others in addition to the two I just cited.