Learning must step into this millennium, meeting adolescents’ learning and emotional needs.
Learning is active and relational, and when done well, prepares our young adults for healthy, productive and happy futures.
A Shift in Priorities
Our focus must be on the individual student, overall group learning and success.
STEPPING AWAY FROM
Students as passive recipients of information at school and isolated workers at home
Students as active learners, with brief video lecture previews at home, and guided to complex thinking at school
Silos of isolated content and specialist support with little focus on whole-student wellness or her ability to contribute within a community
A team approach to provide wrap-around support and interpersonal skill development through group learning
Autonomous teaching with minimal effort towards cohesion, which would ease the pressure on students and allow them to focus on learning, rather than managing
Teachers using a model with common expectations, so students can focus on deep learning, instead of varied demands
An emphasis on the product of the final grade, versus the process of learning
An emphasis on using assessment to refine learning, slowing it down or speeding it up, with mistakes and trying again welcomed
Substantial funding spent on non-classroom personnel
Funding a teacher-student ratio of 1:8 or less, by cutting administrative/support roles to an absolute minimum
Substantial attention and funding placed on facilities and related fundraising
Leasing humble classroom spaces to keep attention focused on the amazing students within those spaces
Let’s all rethink education, preparing youth to be contributing members of society,
while decreasing our 25% drop-out rate in Washington State and high numbers of adolescent mental health issues.