EDET677 Initial Post: Essential Question: How have you, and will you, continue to “Learn the 21st Century” and allow your students this experience in your classroom?

Aleta May

Week 11 Initial Post

EDET678 Mechanic Applications of Technology

Essential Question: How have you, and will you, continue to “Learn the 21st Century” and allow your students this experience in your classroom?

To begin answering this question, I have kept up with education by not stopping at a M. S. in Special Education, but additionally completing a Reading Specialist M.A. in 2015 and continuing on with an Instructional Design and Technology, M.A. The courses I am taking now are building my understanding of Constructionist and Constructivist theories of learning. In this present post, I am challenged by my reading to do what I know is a best practice; thematic, relevant, and motivational education. This, (i.e., teaching each subject separately without an understanding of how one connects to the other) does not work:


To overcome the status quo of teaching traditional knowledge due to “the overwhelming amounts of prescribed content for each school year that allow little time to address skills” (Fadel, 2016, p. 3), I can have a primary subject area focus, while weaving in other content areas. While doing so, I will need to keep “Higher-order skills such as the ‘4 Cs’—creativity, critical thinking, communication, and collaboration” (Fadel, p. 4) at the top of my list.

Additionally, at this siteI found a visual for what our students need. As an educator, I need to rise to the occasion and model integrating thematic/interdisciplinary instruction that leads us to “Imagine Deeper Learning.”

Imagine deeper learning in the 21st century.jpgSee slideshare link below and YouTube link for Curriculum Redesign.

As I challenge my students, I will focus on building character:

I will need to model for my students, as well as, help students develop a “Growth Mindset: Positing that talents and abilities can be developed through effort, good teaching, and persistence” (Fadel, p. 4).

Further, Dr Pravin Bhatia notes from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uzu9RY4tP-A (I took notes so you really do not need to watch this clip unless you want to.—I’ve seen this teaching strategy before recently and know it is a good one.

Become creative with good ideas. Draw ideas from students. Exercise our brain—stop using it mechanically only. Get away from long lecturing. What do we do then?

Here is a strategy model that can create a framework for organizing my teaching which Dr. Pravin Bhatia

  • Step 1 Divide students into groups of 6.
  • Step-2 Dividing the subject matter within those groups.
  • Step-3 Each group reads the portion allotted to it (silently read; better to read than to listen so they get the ideas even when they cant get the words.
  • Step-4 Each group discusses the topic (this discussion is the most important part). This is peer learning. The teacher goes from table to table group. The teacher clarifies difficulties.
  • Step –5 Each group then in turn, presents its portion to the whole class. (communication and analyze skills are learned by doing this)
  • Step-6 All students ask questions from the group. This is where the most analyzing come from..

I believe this model can be a framework for weaving in Makerspace activities, electronics, coding, explaining what worked and what did not work. Teachers and students reflect at the end of the day.

Student ownership of learning is major. Grant Lichtman at TEDxDenverTeachers https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uzu9RY4tP-A noted this as well. “He also said schools need to be creative, dynamic, permeable, adaptive, relevant, and self-correcting.” Some schools are becoming adaptive and crossing subject boundaries. He found a student in Atlanta who is a 2nd Grader who told him, “we design, and build, and prototype, ideate, fail forward and fail upward.” As Lichtman said, and I agree, this child will never go back into the limited box of that industrial age model. I agree. My role is to push myself, so I will move even further away from that old model than I am now. Honestly, I have made somewhat of a pest of myself encouraging teachers to start using the blended learning model so that students get some part of their day growing from the level they are already at. So, I believe I can influence teachers further with what I have learned, and will continue to tinker with from this and the Emerging Technologies classes over this summer.


Bhatia, P., Dr. (November 20, 2014). A teaching technique for the 21st Century. TEDxNagpur: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uzu9RY4tP-A

Fadel, C. (2016). 21ST century competencies. Independent School, 75(2), pp. 20-26. Here is a YouTube link to a 1 hour 18 minute webinar by

Charles Fadel, published on March 8, 2016: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MYLDXaqjaDQ&feature=youtu.be

Lichtman, G. (2013). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uzu9RY4tP-A

Martinez, S. L. & Stager, G., Ph.D (2013). Invent to learn: Making, Tinkering and Engineering in the classroom. Torrance, CA: Constructing Modern Knowledge Press.

Storksdieck, M. (2016). Cultural Studies of Science Education, 11(1), pp. 167-182.


http://curriculumredesign.org/ccr-publishes -its-character-framework-complete-concise-clear-actionable-globally-relevant/

What should students learn for the 21st century? A four-dimensional education. ICenter for Curriculum Redesign. (February 1, 2016). Retrieved 7-27-16 at: http://www.slideshare.net/CurriculumRedesign/what-should-students-learn-for-the-21st-century-a-fourdimensional-education

You Tube videos:

YouTube video for Center for Curriculum Redesign (CCR): What should students learn for the 21st century? A four-dimensional education (January 18, 2016). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7dgWnPIENU

http://curriculumredesign.org/ and http://curriculumredesign.org/our-wor…

You Tube video: A teaching technique for the 2ast Century Dr. Pravin Bhatia TEDxNagpur

4 thoughts on “EDET677 Initial Post: Essential Question: How have you, and will you, continue to “Learn the 21st Century” and allow your students this experience in your classroom?

  1. josies677blog

    Great information on your post. Using your students as a resource to say updated is a great avenue that I did not think of. I agree that we need to exercise our brains instead of using so many automated tools. Your strategy model from Dr. Pravin Bhatia did provide good in depth steps on how to organize teaching.

    I loved it when the brain games became a trend. We use these games and other board games at our house for family bonding time. It is a great way to exercise our brains.


  2. aletakmay Post author

    I love hearing about your family bonding time and how you use brain games. Today our daughter is getting married, and we will have 4 children living in our house here in Oregon; 2 from our daughter 2 from our new son 🙂 I am very inspired from what you said to think about following your lead when we come back here this winter. Our grandkids range from 8 (in Sept) through 13. We also have students who spend a lot of time in the resource room with husband at school. If you could give me the names of brain games or ideas, that would be much appreciated.


  3. Sara Lucas

    You found some really great videos to add to your blog. I like how they address the topic that the world is changing and we need to evolve with it. We can’t stay stuck in the past. I like how in the video Andreas Schleicher makes the point that we don’t need to try to teach kids everything because Google already knows the answer. This made me chuckle. Rather trying to cram students brains full of information, we need to teach kids to apply their knowledge in new situations. The strategy by Dr. Pravin Bhatia is a great strategy. It sounds like what I have heard of as jigsaw. I didn’t think about using this in a makerspace, but it does sound like it would be perfect to wrap up students thoughts and share what they are learning.

    1. aletakmay Post author

      Sara, I’m glad you enjoyed watching the video! It is so important that we teach kids how to access resources to teach themselves. It is amazing that we can speak into our phones or type a question into Internet/Google and find the answers! I believe there are good reasons to memorize, but to memorize names/dates/etc. in history, social studies and science seems irrelevant when we can simply access that information. It is much more important that we teach students about finding quality, reliable sources and comparing these to each other. It is also important to teach them to seek alternative perspectives.


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