Firstly, thanks to all the participants at the iGod workshop last Friday – it was a very meaningful and engaging experience for me, and hopefully for you all too. It’s always encouraging when participants engage and ‘hijack’ the presentation 🙂 To summarize, here is a list of the 8 mind shifts we were attempting last week :
- Half full or Half Empty – you have a choice to change the options
- We need to shift our focus from Teaching to Learning (it’s already happening!)
- Empathy is a powerful universal principle for learning (near future)
- Discernment is a compulsory principle for learning (near future)
- We have a responsibility to AWE
- Genius is seeing the unseen – that’s the realm that future learners need to thrive in
- God is in the unseen – If we seek we will discover Him
- Education is not the filling of the pail, but the lighting of a fire – everyone should be on fire for God, especially teachers!
Half Full or Half Empty – Where’s the Jug?
We talked about how people view things and explored the idea that sometimes we need to see beyond what is present to uncover new opportunities. Ken Robinson’s video helps us to understand Divergent Thinking.
Shifting our focus from Teaching to Learning
The shift from teaching to learning is already happening. Concepts of learning such as Blended Learning and Flipped Classroom are clear examples of this thinking in action. Although the current education system had been adequate over the different ages (enlightenment, industrial, information) it is becoming apparent that the explosion of the tech revolution is changing the way we learn (and teach) and rewired the brains of learners such that the education system must change. The good news is that the fundamentals of what drive learning remain the same and that small shifts in thinking is all that is required to leverage on this. One effective way to focus on learners is to understand what multiple intelligences are and how we can spot them in the learners.
One of the most important and universal learning principles is Empathy. If we can tap into this talent, we can overcome almost any barrier (language, religion, beliefs, cultural etc) and educate one another. RSA has a wonderful video that teaches us a lot that recent science and research have uncovered about empathy.
Here are a few other resources we can use to start discussion about how we can empathize with the rest of the world :
- Photos of People from all over the world next to how much food they eat
The bible talks about what the eye sees helping us to discern and act. This video says it all.
In the groundbreaking book, The One Minute Manager, there are many principles about management that teachers can learn to apply learning in the classroom. These 3 are priceless – try it and see what you can accomplish!
Resources to help you AWE and inspire young geniuses
And finally, here’s a list of the apps we tried (and some we didn’t get a chance to try out) that’ll bring some awes to your day. Enjoy!
Have a great week ahead! And remember, every bush is burning!