Below is an interesting article on what all students need. As a school leader I am constantly trying to think of how (and what) to prioritize what students learn at school. There simply isn’t enough time to teach it all. Take a look a the article and see what you think.
let’s look at a good set of essential skills that I believe children should learn, that will best prepare them for any world of the future. I base these on what I have learned in three different industries, especially the world of online entreprenurship, online publishing, online living … and more importantly, what I have learned about learning and working and living in a world that will never stop changing.
Today I had the fortune of seeing some Gr 3 students in Mrs Holmes class learning about the Diwali festival. One of the parents talked to the class and had the students paint some clay “lamps” (the lamps signify the triumph of good over evil).
# Cell phones – 85% of Americans now own a cell phone. Cell phone ownership rates among young adults illustrate the extent to which mobile phones have become a necessity of modern communications: fully 96% of 18-29 year olds own a cell phone of some kind.
# Desktop and laptop computers – Three quarters (76%) of Americans own either a desktop or laptop computer. Since 2006, laptop ownership has grown dramatically (from 30% to 52%) while desktop ownership has declined slightly.
# Mp3 players – Just under half of American adults (47%) own an mp3 player such as an iPod, a nearly five-fold increase from the 11% who owned this type of device in early 2005.
# Game consoles – Console gaming devices like the Xbox and PlayStation are nearly as common as mp3 players, as 42% of Americans own a home gaming device. Parents (64%) are nearly twice as likely as non-parents (33%) to own a game console.
# Tablet computers and e-book readers – Compared to the other devices in this list, e-book readers (such as the Kindle) and tablet computers (such as the iPad) are relatively new arrivals to the consumer technology scene and are owned by a relatively modest number of Americans. However, these devices are proving popular with traditional early adopter groups such as the affluent and highly educated–ownership rates for tablets and e-book readers among college graduates and those earning $75,000 or more per year are roughly double the national average.
One of the areas Lane staff is looking to strengthen, is getting the students to think of units in terms of “big” or “essential” questions. This helps students to be inquisitive toward the subject matter, as well as provide a chance for deeper learning. Below is a question that Mrs Lerra posted for her students’ study of New England history. Does this make you think?