Rethinking Instructional Design
As educators prepare to begin another school year, it is important for teachers to consider how they can rethink learning design and approaches to give students a fun and engaging classroom experience. How can you give students learning experiences that are fun and engaging that also promote self guided discovery, creation, and build meaningful connections? How could you rethink learning centers to promote higher order thinking and discovery?
1. Build A Global Network of Resources: It is important to reach beyond resources within your district and build a global personal learning network. Social media outlets like pinterest, twitter, google+, and linkedin allow for educators to meet top experts, like minded educators, and leaders in the field. Facebook is great for communication within your existing learning community, but it is limited in scope and resources. Connect with you community and bring them into your classroom. All stakeholders will appreciate having a part in the learning process.
2. Ask Students: Ask students the first day to think about what they would like to learn and build a positive relationship with students at the very beginning. Be creative, ask students questions, show your passion for your subject, and generate discussion.
3. Include Critical Thinking Components: Build creative learning designs that encourage students to think critically. Standardized approaches do not offer this element and standardized testing alone will not give students this opportunity.
4. Differentiate learning design to accommodate a variety of styles to accommodate all learners.
I have compiled a few resources to help teachers build a 21st century learning community.