I’m not quite sure how I missed this wonderful table from David Warlick. Take a look below. Are your local schoolchildren ‘students’ or ‘learners?’If they’re not ‘learners,’ what can/should you do about it as an educator, parent, community member, and/or concerned citizen?
StudentsLearnersRelationship with educators Students are employees, required to obediently follow instructions. Learners are citizens with a vested interest in the learning society. Relationship with other “Students” Students are competitors Learners are collaborators Motivation Obligation: Students are culturally obliged to work for the teacher & for compensation(below) Responsibility: Learners are motivated by an understood and realized “value” in their work, especially when it is valuable to others. Compensation Institution defined grades and gateways to college (another institution) and a good job (another institution) A sense of ongoing accomplishment that is not delivered but earned, and not symbolic but tangible and valuable — an investment. Mode of Operation Compliant, group-disciplined, objective-oriented, and trainable Persevering, self-disciplined, group- and goal-oriented, resourceful, and learning in order to achieve rather thanachieving learning. Why? Compelled Curious Equipped ..with packaged knowledge and tools for recording packaged knowledge — prescribed and paced learning ..with tools for exploring a networked variety of content, experimenting with that content, and discovering, concluding, and constructing knowledge — invented learning Assessment Measuring what the student has learned. Measuring what the learner can do with what has been learned.
Some additional questions worth considering…
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