Some questions to light the fire in a student?
What do you love to do?
What do you feel really great about?
What do you want to change about your education?
What is a great teacher. http://youtu.be/is31rrXubQ0, minute 28.
Questions that encourage reflection
Question # 1
What was the most important thing you learned from your research?
Question # 2
What questions do you ask yourself to get motivated?
Question # 3
What would you do differently to learn more / better?
The engine of good education is fantastic questioning.
What is a great teacher. http://youtu.be/is31rrXubQ0, minute 21.
Tips to increase motivation
Do you lead with your mouth – or with your ears?
Students try out new knowledge at work
Students talk about working experiences
and ideas on social media
Students watch presentations
Teaching is a lot about listening.
http://youtu.be/v3HP_bSQpBk, minute 25.
Teachers / professors who wish to remain relevant
will have to start listening and conversing with
students – shifting from a broadcast style and
adopting an interactive one.
Steven Herder: “What is a teacher?” International Teacher
Development Institute webinar, December 17th, 2011.
Connect with individual students.
Then the individual students will connect
with the topic to be learned.
What is a great teacher. http://youtu.be/is31rrXubQ0, minute 10.
For all students to excel, teachers must learn
about them and connect with each child.
This is not just about finding out how they learn,
but it is finding out who they are. It is essential
that we get to know our students, learn their
passions, and help them find out how we can
engage them in their own learning.
Students are likely to be most motivated to buy the
product - achieve success and learn responsibility when they feel connected, competent, and in control.
If we are not connecting with our students in
a meaningful and effective way, we cannot be
surprised that they do not hear, see, or
understand what they need to.
Teachers who blog are the best teachers.
11 advantages of using a blog for teaching
Twitter for education
Input # 5
Give students freedom to
personalize their education
Personalized learning means, for example,
that learners learn anytime and anywhere.
Encourage students to choose themselves
what they learn,
when they learn,
at what pace they learn,
where they learn.
Personalized learning is self-initiated / self-directed /
self-driven / curiosity-based / self-prioritized.
Examples of what the learner does:
Identifies potential topics to learn.
Connects with peers.
Makes self assessment.
Giving students choices - about their homework,
assignments, how they're grouped, and so on leads to higher levels of student engagement and
Sharing information and connecting with others
- whether we know them personally or not - has
proven to be a powerful tool in education.
Input # 8
Challenge students using
Often it is the task of the skilled educator to
deconstruct, confront and challenge so that
unlearning and then relearning can be facilitated.
The educator’s role is changing from being a provider
of information to a facilitator or moderator.
Input # 9
Encourage learners to give
feedback to each other
Embed mechanisms for students to
provide feedback to one another.
Peer tutoring helps students who are acting as
tutors confirm and deepen their understanding of
a particular topic and enables struggling students
to get help even if the teacher is unavailable.
Grades cause an emotional reaction - either
positive or negative. Feedback causes you to
think and engage, which is reflective learning.
Communicate with individual students about
the difference between
the progress they make, and
the goals they set.
Educators have always been collectors, from the
days when they would bring stacks of old
magazines into class to the modern era as they
share links, resources, new faces and new names.
Great teachers acknowledge that teaching
is a learning experience – no matter how
experienced they are.
What is a great teacher. http://youtu.be/is31rrXubQ0, minute 6.
Taking time for professional development,
personal renewal and reflection is important
to creating passionate learners.
In improvisation, one has some idea - perhaps a
theme, perhaps an outline of a musical idea - and
works with that, making changes as one goes along.