If you ask me about my first learning experience you should expect me to tell you much about what I did not like about it. I did not feel part of the community of children and I was only 5 years old.
However, my life at school and my relationship with education suffered a lot in the years I became more and more demanding, I was a teenager and I wanted to be given the best. At that time I was in contrast with some teachers because they were not giving me what I was looking for: education with the best of knowledge........................ University made me realize that noone is perfect and also teachers sometimes make mistakes.
Today I am a middle aged woman teaching teenagers who sometimes have difficulties in studying and learning but I have also learnt that learning goes beyond my best efforts. Some of my students will be successful and speak English well, their success depends on their interests and on what they want to achieve. Those who do not want to learn might decide later to improve their skills and maybe they will be able to cope with the written and spoken language much better in the future than with me now.
Based on your experience as a learner, what do you think you will be able to get out of this course? And what ideas do you already have about the future of education?
I have been a learner for a long time now:I was a learner when I went to school and to university, I am still a learner because I am a teacher and I must cope with the great demands that come from my principal, the other teachers and my students. I am a teacher of the XXI century............I need to develop new skills and I have a leading role of being the one who can choose what and when to do topics and WHICH content in my lessons.In my case I teach English and German so I need to have good competences to create new materials , assess the students and create an interesting environment for my students . In addition my students need to cope with English writing skills, understanding and speaking English at school and in the future at work. This is a great job but it is very demanding!!
I have decided to do this course because I feel I am involved in education and should know more about the great changes that are going to shape our school systems and what the future of education will be like . We have entered a new world but not everybody is ready to face this change.
After doing this course about the future of Education I hope I will have learnt that the future is now and it is under construction and it depends on us- teachers-........ we need to know that the old blackboard and the piece of chalk have now been replaced by new technologies and that teachers are no more those who only know. Building knowledge is getting more and more complex but we need to help our students to create a mental process through which they can learn better and build further steps in their process of learning which are worth doing and useful for them as citizens of the world community.
We share our work with our students and their families: some students might be in difficulties and need a special support , once more the teacher will have to be competent and have a positive approach to meet special needs. The process of learning is individual : the same teacher will have students who learn in a different way, thus we are required to cope with complexity. I think that in the future teachers will be able to deal with complex situations thanks to the new technologies and a better education system from university.
To conclude the future of education will be smart, cool and we will have students who will learn in a different way, following their own interests and also special attitudes.
The number of people involved in education will be bigger and thanks to the new technologies and blended learning also people who are not studying today will be given the chance to study.
It is and it will be a revolution and thanks to the new technological devices we will share more materials among teachers and students will have more chances to work together and share their knowledge.
The future of education has just begun.
WHAT IS INTELLIGENCE AND DOES IT MATTER?
The word intelligence comes from latin INTELLECTUS, meaning PERCEPTION.
What do I know about it? Every person is different from the others but
we say that some are more intelligent than the others. But at school we have a lot of bright students who are not successful........so sometimes for teachers it is difficult to build a good learning environment that meets the students' needs and some leave school.........., which is a pity.....
Education sometimes does not care for students who are intelligent......
Have a look at this video about education and intelligence
I feel that it is time to meet the changes of schools and education: teachers alone cannot do it but we need to provide a better way for Learning.
I consider myself a good learner, but I am not a beautiful mind , I am intelligent because I can learn on my own. I wish more students could learn and be successful in spite of today's schools which are sometimes losing appeal because in most state run schools there is no money for doing many interesting activities and students are not motivated...........
MORE REFLECTIONS ABOUT THE ITALIAN STUDENTS AND THE SCHOOL IN ITALY
Today intelligent boys and girls do not always have a good school, we do need to cope with complexity without having the right tools and a nice environment.
To develop good minds we should create a loving place where students come and love Learning.
INDIRE in Italy analyzed the best schools and places where students of the future might work well.
This is the video: it is a pity that my students cannot rely on the best technlogies and a warming place where they spend six days a week.
A DIFFERENT SCHOOL......