Preparing our students….

In this weeks learning path activities we were directed to this YouTube video. I’ve been shown this video in previous courses however it never ceases to amaze me. From the perspective of a pre-service educator the quote that resonates most with me was ‘we are currently preparing students for jobs that don’t exist, using technology that hasn’t been invented in order to solve problems we don’t know are problems’.

In today’s lecture, David quoted Richard Elmore- a Harvard Graduate from the School of Education. Elmore said, “Teaching is not rocket science. It is, in fact, far more complex and demanding work than rocket science.”

Wow. What responsibility. The thought is almost too much for early on a Tuesday morning. However there’s no time like the present to start equipping myself to teach students for these jobs that don’t exist and equip them to solve problems that we can’t comprehend. Through my Feedly and searching for tags in WordPress I began looking for what experienced teachers were saying on the subject.

I particularly like what this blog had to say. It elicited 12 ideas to prepare children for jobs that don’t exist. My favourite was to destroy the “do what he asks me to do” mentality. Education has programmed students to believe that their job is to answer questions, complete worksheets and comply. These are not real-world skills and students are not learning ‘how’ to learn. So through teaching students how to learn we as teachers are facilitating learning to develop learners. I feel his blog‘s encompassed this notion perfectly in their adaption of this old saying -‘teach a person to fish, and they will eat for a lifetime. Teach a person to learn, and they will be able to do just about whatever they need to do in a lifetime’.

So, while this blog has little to do ICT’s. With more thought different ICT resources could be employed help students in this shift in learning how to learn and destroying their  “do what he asks me to do” mentality. More on that later though 🙂


2 thoughts on “Preparing our students….

  1. Emma

    Hey Danielle. Interesting post! It’s amazing that teachers have to prepare students for jobs that don’t exist yet. What a challenge! I agree with you that educators should teach children how to learn. Students need to direct their own learning. This can be achieved by incorporating inquiry based learning into the classroom. This gives students the opportunity to learn independently. Hopefully, this would give them the ability to adapt to any situation and create solutions to any problem in the future.

  2. nmfichera

    Hey Danielle,
    I completely agree with you, with the challenges teachers face for their students in preparing them for the real world, and helping to implement life long skills that will be beneficial in the long run! I agree with you that it is a teacher’s job to help students learn, but students need to enforce their own learning! Incorporate different learning methods into the learning sequence, which gives students the opportunity to learn independently just as Emma has mentioned!


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