I had an opportunity to read a very interesting and informative article.The article describes a typical resource crunched learning environment where the instructors are disenchanted with the ways of teaching. The students are restricted to learn by old methodology and outdated technology. The educational system described, tests kids on their ability to recall information and demonstrate mastery of a narrow set of skills-double downed on the view that students are material to be processed, programmed and quality-tested.
The article becomes interesting when it describes a new teaching method applied by Correa, who is tired of same old style of teaching. He wanted to apply a new way of teaching. He started to read books and searching ideas online. Soon he stumbled upon a video describing the work of Sugata Mitra, a professor of educational technology at Newcastle University in the UK. After researching and reading, he applied this new approach to the kids living in this slum area of Mexico. With his new way of teaching, the kids from slum area not only improved grades in most subjects but some students also topped in the country.
After reading this article, it made me think that:
- The children have a lot of potential. If we give responsibility to the children, they can get better understanding of a topic instead of just listening in the class and learning from the old ways (lecture, memorization).
- Students can construct by their own meaning by talking, listening, writing, reading and reflecting on content, ideas, issues and concerns.
- Students can build strong relationships.
- Students will be confident about their learning. They will be able to take more challenges in their future.
We as a teacher can do the following to help our students:
- The teacher has to act as facilitator.
- The teacher has to work with students to determine the learning strategies.
- The student is given direct access to multiple sources of information and helped to solve a problem/task by making principled and informed use of these resources.
- Organize and present information to students.