Saturday, July 28, 2007

The 3 R's

I assert that we are obligated to be teaching a new set of the 3 R's:
--Reasoning: critical thinking and reflection skills
--Reconnaissance: a survey to gain information
--Responsibility: ethical and community skills
These are not my ideas. They are more clearly delineated on Joyce Valenza's blog
As classrooms enter the digital web2.0 environment and as learners develop skills for survival in the digital landscape, lead learners (i.e. teachers) should focus on these skills. Centering standards and objectives around these skills is just plain good education. All of us are trained to provide good education.
Our foundations in education are often our standards, depending on where one works. The delivery of that education is changing, not the foundational standards.
I consider the standards to be a firm base upon which we leaders (and that's all of us) can build excellent educational experiences for all learners.
The building blocks start with our objectives, often correlating with our school's course guides or curriculums. The glue that holds those blocks together are our lessons, which in my case, are peppered with digital activities. I use these activities to capture interest, to motivate, to intrigue, to prepare learners.
The aim of all education as always been and will always be to prepare effective citizens. In order to accomplish this sometimes daunting task, emphasizing a new set of the 3R's is crucial. Teacher training in how to use the tools is imperative. Educators already know how to provide a good education web1.0 style. Now let's raise the bar: deliver that content web 2.0 style.
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Dennis Grice said...

I thing the 3 R's you listed are great and I agree with you that tech training is key. Problem is, where is that tech training going to come from? From what I've observed from student teachers at my school, this is not happening much at the college level or teacher credential programs. It seems to me that if we want our teachers to be literate in the read/write web, that training - at least for now - has to come from attending district and regional technology workshops and conferences, and through the efforts of dedicated school technology teachers. Unfortunately just thinking that new teachers will naturally embrace and use these technologies because its part of their everyday life doesn't seem to work.
Will Richardson's blogged about this too:

Durff said...

Maybe it is you and me that need to be training those teachers. I have found that one on one I get better success. Eventually there will be a breakthrough...

Dennis Grice said...

One on one seems to work best for me here at school. The key is getting teachers to see using the technology to replace something else rather than one more thing that takes up more of their time. (Thereby avoiding the "yeah, but's".) I try to pick a few non-technical people who are open to new ideas. Their enthusiasm is contagious among the rest of the faculty.
I would be nice to see more Web 2.0 tools worked into the methods classes taught at the college level - rather than relegate technology to a 3 unit "Technology in the Classroom" elective. In a perfekt world....