Why not letting students to ask and answer their own questions regarding what is relevant to them? We will sure learn a lot from them.
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Nowadays students, due to ease of information access, sometimes are far beyond teachers and parents. This has caused a lot of stress and frustration among them. Why not letting the kids to enhance the abilities they have to ask and answer their own questions based on their hypothesis regarding what is relevant to them, and give them the chance to teach us. Teachers and parents may become now learners but also, by experience and empathy, being able to give feedback.
As adults we have to step aside on thinking we have all the answers to questions kids may ask. Actually they are on a quest to find solutions, to figure out what they expect their life to be, and full of resources to do that.
Teachers and parents should be asking themselves, what are we supposed to do with our experience whenever we are not prepared on technology as we should be to perform better in this new role as online/remote teachers? We know kids have the “chip” on technology and are eager to learn from it. Now, we have a great opportunity to start a new paradigm, the one where kids lack of paradigms may break ours. It is important to have the answers to the questions we have, but is even more relevant to find the questions we haven’t asked ourselves yet. They are just in that path. Don’t you think?
By challenging project based learning assignments delivered through thoughtful starting questions we can get the most of everybody:
We can use learning platforms to start the research and open discussions of the project/topic.
Students/Parents/Teachers will be working together and learning one another. Mainly from students. They have to be the shining part, teachers and parents should be the ones behind to give support in sinergy.
Students will participate, learn and teach from collaboration among class partners. We can extend this to international participation with other institutions in other countries to bring cultural and behavioral insights, enhancing values and socioemotional development. But also giving the importance to learn from personal backgrounds in a sense of collaboration, openness and empathy.
This kind of projects develop human skills and competencies such as, imagination, creativity, critical thinking, problem solving, innovation and more that today and tomorrow will be the key ingredient for a brighter future.
Parents/Teachers play as football coaches, the are at the boundary lines assessing and instructing with passion but the kids are the ones on the field figuring out how to score based on that suggestions.
I presume this way is a balanced approach to get the most and the best from everyone. Now is time to learn from students.
Tell us a little bit about yourself and what inspired you to share this idea.
As a project manager at big scale infrastructure projects I have observed how some colleagues, professionals and specialists with great domain on their discipline, get stuck and struggle on solving project problems due to a traditional education system and a strong attachment to paradigms. I know that a different type of education & skill development is needed for the world to be improved, act with resilience, be agile and be committed to one another.
I am also responsible for the Resilience Strategic Initiatives for a private school (kinder and primary) in Mexico City. I have seen the struggles that parents have on this pandemic to perform as teachers, and teachers struggling on getting "back to school" to learn new skills. Fortunately, both sides have understood the importance of their collaboration, working together and communicating (parents-teachers) so students get the best from this with confidence.