Teachers Deserve to Learn the Truth about Learning

Several decades ago, during the baby boom era (specifically 1956), there was a government study performed and produced: Bloom’s Taxonomy of Educational Objectives. This study tried to explain the levels at which people learn new tasks and information. It’s been a very valuable reference for those designing curriculum, if your goal is to create High-level learners that can move on to be more productive and creative.

Having this knowledge can help you tweak your lessons so that you help your students move through these levels of learning more easily. It’s best to be a facilitator and guide your students by asking the right questions:

How would you…?

What’s the best way to approach this?

Is there a better way?

Now, what is your favorite method to facilitate your students deeper understanding of a lesson? What sort of enrichment questions do you ask?

School Focus and hocus pocus

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Current school focus (although they say that it’s the welfare of the child… It’s really):

  • 1. student management,
  • 2. Budgets,
  • 3. staying competitive (good standardized testing scores so that they are judged favorably),
  • 4. crowd control (and security) to deal with violence,
  • 5. teacher satisfaction to the extent that they avoid union issues

Where schools should focus:

  • 1. Curriculum as it relates to the real world needs and the students’ future,
  • 2. Student’s positive emotional state and skill development related to their goals, abilities and future,
  • 3. Teacher’s emotional wellbeing, tools and support as it relates to their abilities to coach, nurture and motivate their students to do and be their best,
  • 4. Teacher tools for providing the active learning environment that is most engaging and necessary to the learning process,
  • 5. Training teachers to recognize and appreciate the divergience of their students and the benefits, strengths and vision already in them, ready to bloom and grow for the betterment of all.

Is the old-School teaching model Failing Us?

 

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It’s obvious to most people that the children who do well in school aren’t always the most successful in the real world. Why is that? Isn’t school success a predictor of adult success?

Why did those hard-working students, the ones who took pride in always getting the “A”, not become the most successful adults? Why did the daydreamers sometimes end up with the mansions, the great cars and sometimes the patents? Why do schoolteachers constantly tell children that daydreaming is bad and that daydreamers and those with ADD will have an awful future if they can’t focus on the matter at hand? Why? Don’t teachers understand the theory of the self-fulfilling prophecy and the no-cebo effect? Many teachers are doing more harm than good. Since 50-80% of kids seem to have ADD, that’s a lot of kids that are “doomed to fail” acording to the average teacher that has difficulty dealing with ADD. I think those teachers didn’t get the news that many a CEO has ADD and is doing fabulous with it.

I hate to tell people the hard truth, but teachers don’t really know what makes success. They really think that good, cooperative students make good adults (they get the “A”‘s) and children that don’t focus and are difficult for the teacher to manage are poor students (and therefore get lower grades) and will probably be poor adults. These teachers would be surprised to find out how their students “turned out” as adults. They are surprised because they have no idea on what factors lead to success in the real world.

School success is actually more indicative to success in large organizations. It seems that kids that do well in the classroom have developed the right set of social tools and focus tools to be a fantastic employee. They are rule followers and it will serve them well. They usually have good lives as long as they remain safely in a predictable organization. Good for them.

In order to step out of the norm, a person needs to think more creatively, explore concepts more deeply and have a higher level of self-confidence (in their ability to meet unpredictable challenges). Usually creative thinkers tend to daydream and appear to lack focus (especially to irrelevant material). It may be difficult to manage these thinkers in the classroom because, if they feel safe, they can ask a lot of questions as they have a thirst for understanding. However, these students are special, they are ideal, they are more likely to be successful, especially if they are tenacious enough to continue questioning and discussing even with a teacher’s discouraging them.

Currently the clear agenda of the school is: 1. student cooperation (less stress), 2. staying competitive (good standardized testing scores so that they are judged favorably), 3. crowd control (and security) to avoid violence and crimes, 4. teacher satisfaction so they mitigate turnover and union issues, Lastly 5. Curriculum as it relates to meeting the standards imposed by the districts and standardized tests

So, where the districts are failing is: 1. Curriculum as it relates to the real world needs, 2. Student’s emotional wellbeing and self-esteem related to their strengths and abilities, 3. Teacher’s emotional wellbeing, tools and support as it relates to their abilities to coach, nurture and motivate their students to do and be their best, 4. Teacher tools for providing the active learning environment that is most engaging and necessary to the learning process, 4. Training teachers to recognize and appreciate the divergience of their students and the benefits and strengths already in them, ready to bloom and grow for the betterment of all.

If school is to develop thinking and contributing adults for society, then we need to nurture their skills and their spirit in schools. The paradigm must shift its focus from teachers and standard curriculums to students and relevant curriculum.

 

Our Mission to create a paradigm shift in the teaching model

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Our 2 Missions:

To provide teachers with the joyful and rewarding career that they deserve. To teach them to inspire and influence their students to learn with passion and with purpose.

To provide active learning for students so they tap into their natural enthusiasm for learning, develop a healthy self-esteem and receive the long-term meaning and success they deserve.

Teaching is Organic

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Most of teacher training is about teaching content that the school district has decided is “required” for the sake of their agenda. No wonder why its missing the mark. It speaks to the desires of no student.
Current teaching styles relys on the student being forced and bullied or threatened into learning subjects that they may find meaningless and wasteful. Most teachers depend on the repetition of their personal learning/school experiences and the standards and modeling of their University’s Teaching program.
The old model of teaching is stubbornly engrained itself in all school systems and it’s a nasty virus like problem that won’t go away.
The only way to improve the education system and the learning results for our future is to actually change the model. We need to target new goals and set a new agenda.
Let’s start here:
Great teaching is organic! Yes, Organic! It’s a natural process, everyone learns from birth. In fact, as young children we learn more each day than we do while in “school”. People have a natural curiosity and a naturally strong desire to learn. Plus, if they are motivated on a topic enough, they become tenacious in their goals and won’t give up easily.
Organic learning is the best kind of learning. It’s the most fun and keeps the students highly curious and engaged. And this isn’t only for children, we use this teaching style with adults too and they rave about it.
Organic teaching:
Inspires the student’s desire to learn,
Enables a strong bond between the student and teacher,
Allows students to appreciate their own skills,
and the skills of each other,
Makes lessons relevant,
Lessons have tangible meaning,
Lessons have understandable pieces,
Insures that each lesson has functionality,
Speaks to the needs of the student,
Engages the students in the learning,
Activates many parts of their brain,
Proves its value quickly,
Empowers the student with high self esteem,
Creates benchmarks for growth,
Makes a clear and understandable path to a goal,
etc.

If teaching in school were approached with a more organic style of learning, then we would see more progress and positive momentum in our schools and society.