What I mean is: Schools should go to kids – meet them on their turf.
Genuinely “engage” them. Find out what makes them “tick.”
Use the technology they use on a day-to-day basis.
In my opinion too many teachers, schools and parents mistake conformity for engagement. The kid who does what’s expected, when they’re expected and without too much fuss, well, they’re “engaged.”
I’d argue that it’s quite possible (and quite likely in a lot of cases) that these kid’s aren’t genuinely engaged at all. They’re just playing the game. Playing the system. And the system rewards them.
Blatantly thieving from Dan Pink – True engagement requires three things.
Autonomy – To choose how, what, where and when students learn.
Mastery – Learning for the sake of getting better – regardless of whether you need to know it or not for the test. Does having a syllabus “cap” what kids need, and therefore want to learn?
Purpose – If the only reason for kids learning something is that it’s on the test, is that good enough?
What opportunities could your school provide to really “engage” its students, whilst still delivering the mandatory curriculum?
But let’s not just worry about the kids.
How “engaged” does your school allow its teachers to be?
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