Please take some time to read the following ten questions and post your answers as a comment below. I’d love to know what answers my children’s teachers would give. In fact, I’d be pretty darn interested in the answers that our new Minister for Education, Christopher Pyne, would give to these questions!
1. What skills and knowledge do you think are essential for students to have acquired before they graduate from high school?
2. Do you think that learning to program/code is as important for young people as learning to read and write?
3. How can schools (including public schools) reshape their physical environment to make it more suitable for students in the 21st century?
4. What really is ‘personalised learning’ and is it truly possible to achieve it in our schools as they are today?
5. If I came into a class you were teaching, what would I see?
6. What are your thoughts on inquiry-based or project-based learning approaches in schools?
7. What are three tech tools to which all students should have access?
8. Should we get rid of subjects like ‘Maths’ and ‘English’ and replace them with courses in ‘Sustainable Living’ or ‘Food Security’ or ‘Entrepreneurship in the 21st century? Why or why not?
9. What is your response to those who believe that ‘direct instruction’ is synonymous with ‘real learning’?
10. Can you provide us with your top three reasons why teachers and students should share their learning beyond the four walls of the classroom?
Note: I wrote these as possible interview questions for Stephen Heppell. It will be interesting to read what his responses are and how they compare to the responses of my PLN. Happy thinking and answering! 😀