Rethink Teaching

Over the last few weeks, I have worked closely with some other students in CEP 812 dissecting the wicked problem of ‘Rethink Teaching’.  There are so many problems that it starts to create a snowball effect.

This wicked problem can be looked at through many different lenses, yet, it still remains a problem.  When reading through articles and researching myself, I came up with a handful of problems with rethinking teaching myself.  These included but were not limited to the following:

  • Uniform Learning vs. Customization – Our society has this idea that all students should learn the same thing at the same time.  Technology challenges this idea in that it customizes learning to one’s specific needs and interests. (Collins and Halverson, 2009).
  • Rethinking How Schools Work – Students follow a daily schedule where a bell starts and ends class.  This doesn’t allow for interdisciplinary learning to take place or  collaboration, critical thinking, and knowledge retention to go on amongst students. (NMC Horizon Report: 2015 K-12 Edition, pg.8)
  • Access to Technologies – Teachers are limited in the amount of access they have during the school day to technology (computers, iPads, etc.).  “It is important to get the technology part right to enable the desired transformations in teaching and learning” (Light, 2015).
  • Standardized Assessments – Students are given standardized tests to see how much they have “learned”.  In moving forward, more project-based learning needs to take place, thus weening out standardized assessments. (NMC Horizon Report: 2015 K-12 Edition, pg.10)

As part of the assignment, I created an infographic using piktochart.  This infographic includes some visual aides in referencing the wicked problem of ‘rethink teaching’.

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In addition to the infographic, I was assigned a group.  Throughout the course of the few weeks we had to complete the assignment, my group and I met several times using Google Hangout as well as communicating through a group text message and google docs.  We used these types of technology to help our means of communication.  Our first task was to  pick and choose only a couple of problems that helped create the wicked problem of rethink teaching and propose solutions to it.  We each did a lot of research and came up with four main problems.  They are as follows:

  1. Professional Development for teachers
  2. Student-centered Learning
  3. Flexible spaces and Available Technology
  4. Teacher Evaluations

With these four problems, we created solutions in order to help rethink teaching.  Please feel free to read the whole document here.  Please feel free to leave comments and feedback, I would love to know your thoughts on this wicked problem.