Friday, October 18, 2013

Can your students fish?

"Give a man a fish, feed him for a day.  Teach a man how to fish, feed him for a lifetime."

Can your students fish?




Why educate?
I believe strongly that in 10 years, over 50% of the jobs that our students will have are jobs that do not exist right now.  I believe that technology will be completely different than it is.  I believe that we will have discovered a plethora of new facts and concepts that we do not know right now.  I believe that we will disprove some of the facts and concepts that we currently believe.

If this is true, are your students prepared to be successful in their future?  What does this even mean?  How can we prepare students for a future that we cannot fathom?




The Answer:  Prepare them to be flexible and adaptable, how to effectively communicate, collaborate, be self-directed, research, know how to ask the right questions, know who to go to for answers, and ultimately......"LEARN HOW TO LEARN".

Worksheets and testing students on content at the lowest level of Bloom's Taxonomy is giving people fish (grades) which feeds them for the day.  I think that it is time, however, that we teach our students how to fish so that they will have an opportunity to be successful and "feed themselves" in the future.



I believe that good teaching is a lot like taking your child out on a boat fishing.  Talk to them.  Have fun.  Teach them how to cast their line.  Tie their hook on and bait their hook in the beginning, but tell them how and why you are doing it.  Encourage them to try new baits and lures.  Help net some fish.  Celebrate the successes.  Shake off the mistakes.  In the end, the child will have had fun, learned about life, and learned skills necessary for them to succeed in the future.  They learned how to fish.




Please check out my ComPassion Based Learning Blog - I am convinced that this is the future of education!!!

Please feel free to comment.  I would love to hear your opinion!  I am a lifelong learner with an open mind who is constantly seeking the best way to educate our youth.




Oliver Schinkten
Communities at ONHS
ComPassion Based Learning


Please feel free to comment.  I would love to hear your opinion!  I am a lifelong learner with an open mind who is constantly seeking the best way to educate our youth.