Some Vitamin D for The Future of Education

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As many of us are aware, education has been quite ill for some time. I prescribe a good dose of Vitamin D… in the form of Deconstruction, Deprivatization and Demystification.

Deconstruct

  • We need to take apart our existing teaching habits so that we can stop doing the things we know have little impact, no impact or a negative impact on learning
  • We need to take apart our timetables so that we can stop ourselves from segmenting learning
  • We need to take apart our classrooms and make them less traditional and less restrictive
  • We need to take apart our academic subjects so that we can stop seeing them as isolated entities
  • We need to take apart our school calendars so we can get rid of stuff that doesn’t matter

Deprivatize

  • We need to remove barriers from our learning spaces so that other people can become involved
  • We need to remove barriers from our learning spaces so that students know they can look beyond
  • We need to remove barriers from our schools so that they can be part of the community they lie in physically
  • We need to remove barriers from our practice so we can grow together
  • We need to remove barriers that keep parents at arms length to develop real relationships
  • We need to remove our own hang-ups so teachers can talk, write and reflect as openly as they expect their students to

Demystify

  • We need to remove the stigmas that make us keep assessment information a mystical secret from everyone but us
  • We need to remove the cryptic language that makes it hard for students and parents to understand us when we report
  • We need to take a “show don’t tell” approach when sharing new pedagogy with parents
  • We need to open up many of our hidden decision-making processes so students can be involved

Can you think of anything else to add to these lists?

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4 comments

  1. abhipypcoordinator

    Enjoyed reading your thoughts! 🙂 Here are some I would add to the list:
    Deconstruct: norms of learning and inquiry cycles, so that we engage in a fresh, innovative and original ‘from the heart’ approach, rather than relying always on the ‘head’ work done by others.
    Deprivatize: school management and administration and truly give everyone in the community ‘a voice that will be heard’.
    Demystify: Making PYP Happen for teachers and parents! ;p

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