So we've graduated another batch of students who are ready to take on the world. And we wish them good luck. Meanwhile, it's back to the grindstone for us.
Okay, not really the grindstone as we're given about a month on a so-called vacation. Really more like a reprieve from the regular classroom sessions and student consultations, and less like the vacation in a tropical paradise we had in mind, because we're supposed to spend that month preparing for another year of courses to manage. But still, we can turn that month into a busman's holiday. Nobody is stopping us from working on next term's syllabi while lounging on a beach chair and sipping some piña coladas.
Which horizontal position and perhaps slightly inebriated condition might be the best state to ponder Sir Ken Robinson's "Changing Education Paradigms" as illustrated by RSA Animate.
Which RSA Animate video really had me thinking after my former mentor emailed me its link. What bothered me most was how this change in education paradigm can be operationalized when you work in a system that Sir Ken Robinson describes as one modeled on industrialization. Let's be real here, a colleague might remind me, we still have to measure student learning in terms of standardized tests.
So I was stumped. How do I encourage divergent and creative thinking in my classes, what methods and techniques should I adopt, how do I incorporate such an approach in my syllabi, and how do I ensure that students still get the regular "standardized" lessons they expect plus the value-added features I want to put in?
Then I found a possible answer while tweaking this site. I clicked on the Weebly for Education link and realized that this site can be transformed into something more than just a personal website. By migrating to Weebly for Education, I'm no longer limited to just posting my lecture notes for my students to read. They can actually participate in my site by putting up their own sites/blogs in an environment I can manage. And because I have a Pro account, they can share in the multimedia features for free - they can post video and audio files and embed documents in their own sites/blogs.
And how is this an answer to my dilemma, you may ask? Think about it. My site wouldn't just be my lectures posted online. It can also be my students' sites/blogs managed by me (just like how a classroom works), but with students given the space and the tools to be more creative and imaginative in their assignments.
So this is how I will change my education paradigm next term. Let's see how it will turn out.
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