— Paula Neidlinger (@pneid) January 28, 2014
Change the way you think about it.
Thanks to Paula for this bit of wisdom.
That’s my goal for reframing the focus on skills / test prep to include Authentic Projects.
I’m going to turn around my last post about blaming Henry Ford and think again about community of learners in the classroom, like when I taught writers and readers workshop.
Communities are messy; they aren’t the perfect working machine; they change and flow from one need to the next. And they get stuck in ruts. They need to “Change the way you think about it.”
I’m going to start by asking my students what “work” they want to do — as readers, researchers, and authors. Perhaps, we’ll change our way of thinking about our skills together, as a community of learners.
It’s actually starting from them now. We just finished a short iSearch project in which students learned questioning, research, collaboration, analysis, interpretation, presentation, speech. Two students asked, based on their chosen article [ Drama VS Bullying ], if they could create a video about their learning. Their work will be my first model for the others… They have changed the way they thought about their research. I love that.