Instruction:

Definition:  The process or act of imparting knowledge (The Free Dictionary).  Typically done by teachers.

Does your school focus on instruction?  Does your organization seek to improve instruction?  

That's a worthy goal, right?  I think that most would agree that improving instruction is one aspect of school improvement.

But, in the end, it might just be the wrong goal.

In my opinion, focusing on understanding and improving learning, and ultimately the student experience, should be the goal.  

And this is just more than semantics.

Here's Connie Yowell, of the MacArthur Foundation:

"Education is fundamentally starting with the wrong questions.  The educational system now often  starts with a question of outcomes."

"What do we want kids to learn?  What are the goals, and what is the content, the material, that they need to cover? And, then everything is defined by that."

Our core question is: what's the experience we want kids to have? So, the core question is around engagement, and as soon as you start with is the kid engaged, what is the learning experience we want the kid to have, then you have to pay attention to the kid.

"You have to start with the user, you have to start with the experience of the young person, of the learner."

Exactly.  Put the learner and their experience first.  

And you can't do that by simply focusing on instruction.  Instruction is what teachers do, learning is what students do.  Determining what the instructional role of the teacher comes after developing a vision for the student learning experience.

The Bottom Line:  If you want to really flip something, focus on the kids, their learning, and their experiences, instead of instruction and what teachers do.

 

Posted via email from David Jakes

 

 

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