Are you disruptive? Do you ask "Why?"

Posted on Apr 3, 2014 by ellen flaherty Latest activity: Apr 25, 2014

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A really interesting piece from EdSurge this week on asking "Why" concerning your teaching practice. What are you thoughts on how this applies to you, your students, and your classroom?

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Tony Bolder

Posted on Apr 25, 2014 9:35 AM - Permalink

I think there is a case for using the word 'Why' to instigate self learning in your teaching, especially when it comes to technology, as this will inevitably become part of your teaching in some way.

Michelle Dennis

Posted on Apr 11, 2014 11:50 AM - Permalink

In my role as an eLearning Manager, I find that 'why' is the first and most important question we need to ask. As a technology enthusiast, it is too easy to leap onto the latest tech trend just simply because "it's cool". Technology needs to serve a purpose - it needs to enrich the education process, not be a distractor. As an added benefit, by asking the question early enough, we are sometimes prompted to find new applications and be more innovative.

ellen flaherty

Posted on Apr 14, 2014 12:53 AM - Permalink

I absolutely agree Michelle. Technology should never get in the way of the learning, but enhance it - and if it doesn't you probably shouldn't be using it! I also love the questioning section and getting teachers and students to reflect more. It's important to set learning goals for whatever it is your teaching and to assess whether or not those goals are being met - reflection is a great way of doing so.

tony bailey

Posted on Apr 6, 2014 11:28 PM - Permalink

I find the hardest part of teaching Digital Technology, is that students are at different levels. I have the ones who can program in Python to the students who struggle with Scratch.

ellen flaherty

Posted on Apr 14, 2014 12:54 AM - Permalink

That's very true. What kinds of strategies have you used to deal with this?