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My Rambling Thoughts on Teaching and Learning

The Past or The Future…

My sister and I enjoy a long run every second weekend and afterwards we enjoy a good catchup over coffee and a walk.  Today’s conversation was about how my children were going at school and we started talking about the assessment my daughter in Grade Seven is currently working on.  The conversation then moved to our schooling and the things which we did at the same age.  Now my sister and I are really NOT that old  (we are in our early 30s).  I know life after school has changed since the late 90s and the skills students need now and into the future have definetly changed.  I mean when we were at school the internet was *new*.  Both of us remember spending time in the State Library labouring over books to find the information we needed to complete the assignments that more often than not were hand written.  And *THESE* days my daughter finds nearly all of her information on the NET.  Now we both know that the skills involved in searching the internet compared with searching the library are completely different.  And we realise that in the age of the Internet everyone is an expert in everything.  Cause lets face it if you don’t know the answer you can look it up and become an expert yourself.  Or find someone who can help.

This led to our thoughts of what education is going to be like when our youngest children (who are currently 2) get there…  Maybe exams will be a thing of the past…  Or maybe more will be open book… Maybe students will make their own curriculum… Or maybe the government will still decide when and where student learn…

Skills change over time…  I’m not sure where education is heading…  All I hope is that students in the future learn the skills they need to be successful in life.

Education needs to make sure it keeps up…

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