For too long, teaching has been something that is done to students. Teachers design, deliver and monitor the learning. In the 21st Century, if we are to engage and extend all students then it the focus must be on their learning.
Students must be given a voice in education so that they become active participants in the learning process, and commit to life-long learning. Assessment should be student directed and open-ended. Self and peer marking must be integrated into most assessment tasks.
Student representatives should be an integral part of curriculum committees. Future Think tanks that are comprised of parents, community members, teachers and students should be a priority.
I agree with you absolutely, Karen; thanks for these words. As a product of exactly this kind of student-driven learning in the '70s and '80s, I've seen the power of letting students construct knowledge, not just insisting they consume what we think is important. It goes back to Paolo Freire, too, and the need to move away from banking education and toward dialogue-based paradigms in which students are teachers and teachers are students. We don't build innovative young global leaders with innovative new solutions by telling them how to lead and guiding them through every step; instead leadership is fostered by facilitating opportunity, agency and choice for our students. This is actually why my session on the Berkeley Carroll -- Bumpe global partnership is being run almost entirely by the high school junior who thought up the project--it's all about empowering students, not directing them.
I am looking forward to your session! We read so much on raising student outcomes and improving teacher effectiveness but rarely so we ask the students for their input.
yES... STUDENT VOICE IS CRITICAL! I agree with you as do the members of the NetGeneration of Youth Global Community of Practice ...
Initially launched in 1999 to foster civic engagement, media literacy and youth voice. NetGeneration of Youth (NGY) has expanded to schools and organizations in the US and abroad who share a commitment to cultivating youth as 21st century STEM enabled, Media Literate Leaders who are civically engaged, culturally aware, empowered with global competencies & committed to shaping a positive global future.
Members of our team(Asst Principal Emilio Garza from Los Angeles, Mrs Ingrid Graham -Partnership Advisor from South Africa), will present on Thursday to share how the NGY Model, in collaboration with technology and partnerships has served as a Catalyst for Transformation. We look forward to further dialogue to learn from and with you and others in the emerging global education commumity... Yours in Vision... Dr Ronnie Lowenstein , Founder of NetGeneration of Youth.
This sounds like an amazing program for young people. I am organising a Student Think Tank later this semster. The young men I teach are clever, articulate and globally connected. It would be wonderful to be able to have you speak to them through Skype or Video Conference. Warm regards, Karen, Dean of Studies Knox Grammar School.
Karen, thank you for your response. The Knox Grammar School sounds like a thrilling place to be! And your philosophy sounds so compatible with our own! I would enjoy further dialogue with you first and then I would be honored to speak with your students - ... I can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org and on skype at 'ronnie.lowenstein.'
Let the dialogues begin!!
Continuing to think about Knox Grammar School and your creative efforts to cultivate creative -future focused thinkers so necessary in Global Age.
I would be interested in learning more, and exploring your interest in joining the NetGeneration of Youth Global Community of Practice. With the target population you have (males), you might enjoy being 'twinned' with our affiliated school in the United Arab Emirates.... ??
To give you a more comprehensive understanding, I am sharing a description of NGY below... Hope to hear from you soon!
Global Net Generation of Youth (NGY)
1800 Old Meadow Road, Suite 1417
McLean, Virginia- 22102
Primary Points of Contact:
Dr. Ronnie Lowenstein, Founder/Executive Director
Begun in 1999 as a response to the digital divide, NetGeneration of Youth (NGY) was launched as a digital empowerment and youth leadership initiative targeting traditionally underserved communities across the US. Since then, the NGY inquiry and project based learning model has been adopted by schools and organizations in the US and abroad who share a commitment to cultivating youth as 21st century leaders who are civically engaged, culturally aware, empowered with global competencies & committed to shaping a positive global future. Using state of the art technologies, best practice demonstration models have evolved a global network of NGY Ambassador Clubs that inspire youth to aspire, academically achieve, and pursue career paths as the next generation of explorers, scientists, engineers, innovators, and ambassadors shaping a positive future, and have also established a NGY Global Community of Practice that empowers educators as pioneering designers of 21st century teaching and learning.
Currently, NGY programs are expanding internationally with technology enabled partnerships in Canada, Africa, United Arab Emirates and the USA. Best practice initiatives providing professional development opportunities for educators, international exchange and scholarships for youth to attend leadership and community service institutes
Currently, NGY programs are expanding internationally with technology-enabled partnerships in Canada, Africa, United Arab Emirates and the USA. Three of our ‘Best Practice’ Initiatives include:
We hope you will join us to design and implement innovative, collaborative programs that involve educator and student exchange and jointly designed curriculum and instruction guided by the Ubuntu spirit. Together we Are; Together we Can!!