I am currently reading The Learning Edge: What Technology Can Do to Educate All Children by Alan Bain & Mark E. Weston as part of my personal growth plan. Click below for summaries of previous chapters
Chapter 3: Schools
This chapter focused on common decisions that schools often make to solve student achievement issues, namely addressing standardized test scores, that are often faulty or inefficient. They list several solutions to these issues, but the ones that really resonated with me were:
1) Put systems into place so that teachers’ ability to address learning concerns are immediate and emerge bottom-up from students rather than top-down from administrators. As technology becomes more sophisticated and ubiquitous, teachers are more and more able to get real-time feedback on student learning so that they can immediately address learning gaps rather than waiting for annual test results.
2) The second recommendation is to actively involve students in problem identification. In my work with CITW, we often talk about the importance of involving students in self- and peer-feedback. When we do so, we not only build life-long skills of meta-cognition and self-awareness of gaps in understanding, but we also go directly to the source rather than trying to hypothesize why last years’ students didn’t understand a particular concept.