May 1, 2016
I have mixed feelings about the concept of life-long learning.
No one would dispute that in today’s work environment, the introduction of new technology often outstrips our capacity to keep up and with the wonderful world of the internet, we have access to more information than any other generation.
Perhaps I sound a bit dated in saying this, but do you ever wonder if some of the “new” is not better? Just because new teaching concepts have been introduced and new ideas for engaging our learners are being taught, does this mean we should blindly adopt them? Are we dinosaurs if we don’t want to use clickers in our classrooms to allow for voting or You Tube videos to emphasize a point?
To be clear, I am not implying that we should do things a certain way because “we’ve always done it that way”. My point is that as part of that ongoing pursuit of the latest and greatest, we should use some critical thinking skills.
Just because it’s new:
- Doesn’t mean it’s better.
- Doesn’t mean it’s right for you in your classroom.
- Doesn’t mean you’re a brontosaurus if you choose not to follow the latest trend.
Instead of life-long learning, let’s operate in the world of life-long curiosity. Try new concepts and ideas, absolutely, but do so after researching them and establishing they will help you to achieve what you want to in your classroom.