There is much rumination in the edblogosphere about what education and schools should look like in this way or that. Kids should be blogging, using web 2.0 applications (Wikis, podcasts, Flickr, the flavor-of-the-week app), in conjuction with project-based, problem-based learning. The reality in the elementary classroom however is not a blank slate that you can manipulate any way you want.
But letâ€™s say it was a blank slate â€“ and not only is it a blank slate, but YOUR child is in this class. What would you want your child to be doing in this classroom? They canâ€™t just sit and blog all day. This is an elementary school classroom â€“ what things would you want to hear your child saying they were doing in that classroom? Remember, there are usually mandatory minutes that must be spent on reading, language and math (and yes the other subjects too, but take my word, somehow the minutes of science, social studies, art, PE, etc. are not watched over in quite the same way).
So, whatâ€™s your childâ€™s (or grandcild’s) ultimate learning day look like? Iâ€™d love to hear your ideas. If you are reading this you probably have some opinions, probably strong opinions about this, but have you ever thought about or planned a whole â€œtypicalâ€ day? Hereâ€™s your challenge. Take your thoughts and biases and ideas and opinions and learning and experience and conversations and put them all together. Make it a comment here, or make it a post on your blog.
Donâ€™t make this a minute by minute, long, drawn out thing (unless you want to), just a rough outline of what a great learning day would include.
I think this would help many people get a handle on what is being advocated on ed blogs, and give us all a chance to put our plan where our advocacy is. Any takers?
Learning is messy!