Monday, October 31, 2005

Week 3-Take 5 #2

I am finding that when I try to put learning into my own kids' hands, many don't know what to do with it.With a couple of assignments, I have set just a few parameters and said, "I want you to make this your own." Yet, they really struggle with how to create their own learning. I try to give them tools, but they would rather have the easy way out and have me tell them what to do. Anyone else have this problem? Our kids are so conditioned to us bailing them out when they don't have the answers or questions, and I am constantly telling them that sooner than later, the ability to think for themselves and create their own meaning, will be right in front of them, and they need to start now. This is not to say I won't guide them, but they know that I am not looking for right and wrong, I am looking for them to THINK-and they know I'll sit and wait in silence till someone voices their opinion.


Blogger Karl Fisch said...

I think it's going to take a while. Very few teachers have asked them to do this before. Give yourself - and them - some time. I think it will help tremendously if they start hearing these messages in multiple classes - which is part of what I hope happens as a result of our staff development.

10:16 AM  
Blogger JanW said...

Our students have been conditioned since kindergarten to find the "right" (read "what the teacher wants") answer. It is no wonder that they struggle to make learning their own. AHS is a very competitve school academically and students here have a difficult time taking chances when it might mean not getting the grade they want. Constructivist learning will take breaking down molds that have been in place for at least 9 years. Rewarding students for taking risks and thinking independently will be the first step in a long process.

8:29 AM  

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