The Nuts & Bolts of 21st Century Teaching

“This is why we do what we do here. You’ve done your research; now you need to build something that matters.”

I was so excited to read this, because I have been struggling to find a way to express my exact feeling about technology in the classroom. Lo and behold, that expression has already been stated! In the article linked above, sixth grade teacher Shelley Wright talks about a project she did with her students about the Faces of the Holocaust. The reason I love this quote so much is because I think it demonstrates how technology can only take you so far- it is crucial to remember that a student must also do their own thinking and their own creating. I was not surprised to hear about how uneasy her students were with this part- again, I feel like too much reliance on technology (find a website, print the website, make a poster- bing, bang, boom? Where’s the actual learning process here?) limits students’ ability to use their own brain and start from scratch. This article demonstrates that even thought it might be intimidating, it is possible, and I encourage more teachers to take Ms. Wright’s approach and implement it in a way that fits the needs of their own classroom.

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