Education is Everything- Winner OECD Video Competition 2012 (by rachitsbarak)
“Education is Everything. It is what starts at your birth and doesn’t stop until your last breath”
I am an educator when I weave pictures and stories into documentaries about issues that I feel are important.
I am an educator when I discuss new things that I learn with the people around me.
I am an educator when I ask questions of myself and others.
I am an educator when I ask a child how many marbles they have instead of just giving them some and letting them play by themselves.
I am an educator when I try to open my heart and let others know that they are doing well.
I am an educator when I try to educate myself on what is going on in the world.
If education was really about learning…
…we’d let kids ask more questions and then give them support to find their own answers.
…we’d see dunking cookies in milk as a science opportunity, not just a snack.
…we’d only give kids giant test booklets if they needed to use the paper build a tower to explore force & motion.
…we’d label our kids with terms like “mostly visual learner, hilarious, excels in reading, struggles with addition, loves baseball” instead of “Proficient” or “Basic”
…we’d stop making copies of low-level worksheets and give more blank sheets of paper for brainstorming.
…we’d make it our goal to get kids to ask questions in class that we cannot answer, nor Google the answer to.
…we’d stop spending billions on textbooks.
…we’d celebrate mistakes far more than we celebrate earning “A’s”.
…success would be overcoming obstacles and embracing struggle, not “perfect papers”.
…we’d invite an engineer or scientist to class to answer questions and not just because it’s a grade level standard.
…we’d talk more about finding their passion than about Friday’s Spelling Test.
…we’d take the best theories of gifted education, special education, and everything in between, and make a school where ALL kids needs are met.
…our kids would never question “Why do I have to learn this?” because they’d be too busy investigating.
…inquiry would rule over lecture.
…professional development would be differentiated, meaningful, and steer clear of reading PowerPoint slides.
…every school would be filled with the type of collaboration happening on Twitter every single day.
…we wouldn’t hear things like “We don’t teach that since it’s not tested.”
Education might not be about learning right now. But, that doesn’t mean your classroom can’t be about learning.
Take me here. It seems easier
This is my second favorite comment some one has posted on my picture above. I am glad people connect to it. My dream is to do a children’s book based on this drawings. The underwater picture I post before is connected to this piece… The red submarine is in both.
Also I often work on these when I am working with Elementary age kids. The kids love them, which makes a perfect transition to doing a project around cities and art. I actually created a Project based Learning outline based on these that included the use of Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities. If anyone is interested in it, I can share it.
Creating that, made me realized project can come from anywhere, both your students passions and your own. Passion begets Passion. Also Younger kids love to see adults doing work they love.
for more of my art see my blog (David Loitz’s Art Dream)
-adventures in learning
I am grateful to all the change agents of the world!
1. Grateful for being able to see William Ayers at U of O last night.
4. Grateful that my mom taught me to question everything.
5. Grateful to grow up in a house that was full of books, learning and reading.
-Adventures in Learning
“Learning involves doing what you do not know how to do, which is not the same as pretending you know what you are doing. Pretending you know what you doing is often detrimental to learning. It keeps you from asking questions or getting help because you are trying not to be found out. Doing what you don’t know how to do, on the other hand, is about taking risks and doing new things, not just sticking with what you already know.
If you only do what you know how to do you can better at what you already know, but it is not possible to do something qualitatively different.”
I am helping to organize this and would love for all of your to join us in challenging schools and education to transform! We know what works…yet many schools are not taking on the challenge to change. This is about more than test scores and seat time, this is about providing a environment that encourages relationships, passion/problem based learning, a connection between living and learning that helps to make the world a more just and sustainable place to live…. Please share your own visions of what our schools should look like…this is a call to action! Please join me! Occupy Education!
But mostly, my heart hurts, not because of the difficulty of the job we do as educators, but because of the crap put in our way. There’s little room for exploration, for trying new things, for really teaching conceptually in meaningful ways, or for meeting the needs of individual teachers or kids in ways that matter. I sat in the kitchen one day and listened to my grandson and niece talk about the work they had to do in 6th and 11th grades, respectfully. They decided the ONLY difference was in the size of the worksheet packets they get! Neither had regular access to technology, nor were they allowed to use it in writing tasks in their classwork.
We simply have to have conversations about how kids need to learn today. We simply have to have conversations about how to support each other to help them do that safely, ethically and with quality work.