About Me

Education, the knowledge society, the global market all connected through technology and cross-cultural communication skills are I am all about. I hope through this blog to both guide others and travel myself across disciplines, borders, theories, languages, and cultures in order to create connections to knowledge around the world. I teach at the University level in the areas of Business, Language, Communication, and Technology.

Monday, June 1, 2009

School of the Future

As my daughter enters high school, she will be transitioning into a new way of learning. Especially important is the way that Math and Science will be taught.
Among the differences between her current school and new school:
  • Projects as a source of learning
  • Interdisciplinary curriculum and integrated learning (i.e. math and science are taught together and writing is taught in context across the curriculum)
  • Integration of technology within the curriculum
  • Technology is used as a tool for learning, not learned as a tool
  • Group work
  • Parental and community involvement
  • Focus on learning, not on "tests"
  • Student accountibility for their own learning (assessment is much more involved)
  • School to work, high school to university transition

For the first time in a long time, my daughter is excited about science and math class. In addition, she will be learning Chinese. The only misgiving she has (which is the same for all those entering high school) is the social climate. As the year goes on, I will be blogging about her experience, especially in the context of my work at the two colleges/universities where I will be teaching business and communication courses (the transition into the workplace).

I just wish that all disciplines would begin to use these same principles in their teaching. I am hoping the Chinese instruction will make the real life connection like science and math. It would be nice if a push were made to improve teaching in all disciplines and new forms of assessment were created as this administration begins to take up the topic of educational reform. I have seen to progress science and math has made with the investment made during the last administration. Now lets improve creativity and innovation with the same investment in the arts and humanity.


Blogger In Middle-earth said...

Tenei to mihi ki a koe Virginia!

My daughter Hannah loved Science when she got to high school - I didn't need to give her any input. Now she's doing Fine Art at uni. It's a wonderful thing to watch.

Catriona's got 2.5 years left before she leaves high school - I don't want it to come to an end but I'll never tell her that.

Cherish the moments Virginia. They're precious.

Ngā mihi nui.

V Yonkers said...

Yes, it is amazing how quickly time goes by. My son is finishing his second year of high school and is already looking towards University in two years.