Have you ever experienced so much learning that your head hurts?
Tonight, amid the beautiful sunset, the lightning show and the Perseid Meteor Shower, many educators are reflecting and thinking about today’s amazing learning at #CATC15.
I started to write some notes about today’s learning, but why should I hide those ideas away in a notebook that nobody may ever look at again?
Besides, the Innovator’s Mindset is about creating something with that learning, right?
I’m thinking a lot tonight about the conversation I had with George Couros and Mark Carbone today about the focus schools have on “student engagement”. “Engagement” has been a buzz word in Ontario for a long time. I remember a similar discussion at Educon in 2014 with David Jakes and Bill Ferriter about how engagement is not enough. It’s a start, but empowerment is a much more important goal for learners.
Last March, Andy Hargreaves explored thinking around student engagement with education leaders at #uLead15. Mark digs into this more here.
As George Couros said today, “engagement” still requires someone or something else to create the learning environment. Without the entertaining venue, the learning stops.
How are we ensuring that our students truly become self-directed curious learners? How do we empower learners to truly own their own learning?
Should We Be Engaging or Empowering Learners? Bill Ferriter’s blog