Comments for ENGAGING EDUCATION Discovering pathways to multidimensional learning Thu, 07 Jun 2012 04:03:32 +0000 hourly 1 Comment on Letting students choose the contents of a lecture by Amardeep Amardeep Thu, 07 Jun 2012 04:03:32 +0000 Hmmm interesting point Mr Wong. But! I would hope you are saying that teachers should allow student in UNIVERSITY to pick the material. Let’s be honest in high school or Cegep, it was all about “what’s the easiest thing” and then “what seems interesting”
however, in elementary school this, in my opinion, would work in a sense because doing work in elementary school isn’t seen as a thing where you’d say “ahhh damn i hate doing work, i just wanna go out”. In elementary school, parents have a good sense of control so the kids get their work done, so therefore, the kids can pick what they wanna learn, and actually learn it. This would also work in my opinion in univiersity since the level of discipline in university is pretty good (on average). It gives students a chance to get closer to the specific fields they want to pursue in their career. What do you think sir?

Comment on The 3 things I (eventually) learned on the last day of school by Amardeep Amardeep Thu, 17 May 2012 05:32:41 +0000 Alright sir, you knew it was coming, so here it is.
about point 1. I agree, people want to learn/are interested in things. Some people are interested in some things and others are interested in other things. I think that once you are exposed to this interesting thing in your life, you’re hooked. Some people finding studying school topics interesting, some don’t. But right in the middle, there are many people who don’t find school “super interesting” but they pick up on some things that direct decisions in their future. Like me, biology was too much memorizing so I was like, no thank you when it came to university applications. So what I’m saying is that it may not seem apparent right away, but school does influence people somewhat How school incoorporate all this? I don’t think it’s possible all at once. That’s probably why the school system is very general up to secondary 5, because by 16-17 years of living your life, you see what you like/passionate about and then start to pick career paths in cegep/university/trade school/job right away. Just let students find their interests and choose where they want to go. School provides some possible interests and other places/people provide other possible interests. You can’t find everything in one place.

About points 2 and 3 together–> Ok well first, everyone has had that experience I’m sure (I’ve had it many times) where you use something you learned in school during a conversation with someone whether it be about history or something business related etc….So we make connections quite a bit. The “problem” is that generally the situation to make this type of connection does not come up too much during social gatherings/social life. Have you ever said to a friend, so the German’s were very strong during the first world war? That’s very rare… Math based courses are just as bad–> when did you ask a friend outside of school related stuff something like “what is the derivative of 10x”? So i think it depends on the personality+interests of the person you are talking to.

Connections during school in between courses, ummm that happens quite a bit (well in science definitely since generally courses build on previous courses) and during design projects you have to make connections to old material or you’re screwed!!! Social sciences… i’ve never taken any courses from there so I will just have to agree with you. But it’s not like we forget the material right after the course is finished, some of the highlights/things we thought were interesting stay in our heads, waiting to be triggered by a situation.

The thing i agree with you on is the part about adding value. I think they do they pretty well in university, they really emphasize what you will be doing at your future job so you realize “oh so people actually use this, so it’s important to understand”
In highschool+cegep they don’t do this so that’s why it seems useless…

Would love to hear your thought sir ^_^

Comment on A recipe for a future-oriented curriculum by Lisa Michelle Nielsen Lisa Michelle Nielsen Fri, 23 Mar 2012 01:22:45 +0000 Thoughtful post.

The one thing I’d add is that educators should support students in publishing to authentic audiences. Here are some ideas for how to do that

Comment on The 3 things I (eventually) learned on the last day of school by Niki Niki Thu, 22 Mar 2012 23:43:01 +0000 this is such a very insightful post, that I’m sure other people (or at least some) who’ve read this can benefit a lot from it!
Keep writing and sharing,
and perhaps I’ll be the first to comment/say that I will probably start following your writings from now on :)

Comment on So many topics, so little time by Sami Laaksonen Sami Laaksonen Wed, 21 Mar 2012 19:36:11 +0000 I am from Finland so I would like to know what is interesting at your point of view about The Finland model of education? and of course I can discuss about that.