Thoughts in one Tweet…

One Twitter post said: “One problem is that we tend to think that if a student isn’t learning in our classroom, they aren’t learning. #edchat

I believe there’s a lot to be said from this 140-character tweet. Your thoughts?

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53 thoughts on “Thoughts in one Tweet…

  1. Every place, experience and situation can be a learning situation, both in the positive or in the negative. The class is just one learning situation and in some situations it may be the least stimulative one. Hence, yes, it is too selfish to think that a student can learn only in our classrooms.

  2. It is a problem! There’s a lot of pressure on students to produce and PROVE what they are learning… some need time to process what they are seeing/hearning. Are students allowed different options to demonstrate learning?

  3. Indeed, there is a lot to be said from this statement. If learning was only confined to the classroom or to school then our knowledge would be very limited. In the past we used to go to libraries searching books to do some project. Today, we have all the information we need at a mouse click.

    The classroom is not the sole locus where we learn. We learn from our daily experiences, from our interactions with others. That’s the beauty of blogging as well. May be we tend to look at chatting as a waste of time, which could be sometimes, but it can be very enriching as well. It is our responsibility as future educators to help students maximize their potential and their learning through the ever new technologies. Probably, in this case, they will be our tutors!!

    • Ovvjament li hemm aktar xi tgħid dwar kumment importanti bħal dan. Għalkemm ma jingħatawx raġunijiet, is-sabiħ tiegħu huwa li jħalli d-diskussjoni miftuħa u jista’ jiġi interpretat b’diversi modi.

      Illum il-ġurnata bl-influwenza qawwija tat-teknoloġija u l-internet, din l-istqarrija ma naħsibx li hija valida ħafna. Il-bank tal-iskola huwa wieħed mis-sorsi ta’ tagħlim iżda ma nistgħux nirrestrinġu t-tagħlim għal hekk biss. Illum l-istudenti ma jitgħallmux mill-klassi u mill-iskola biss iżda qed jitgħallmu wkoll mill-bosta sorsi fuq l-internet, ngħidu aħna, google, wikipedia, blogs u siti oħrajn.

      Fatturi oħra li fl-opinjoni tiegħi, l-istudenti qegħdin jitgħallmu huwa fis-sitwazzjonijiet ta’ kuljum u fil-familja. Jaf ukoll ikun hemm studenti, li għalkemm jafu ma jurux interess, ikunu studenti li jaqraw ħafna, ngħidu aħna kotba jew fuq l-internet. Fl-opinjoni tiegħi, jekk tidħol iaktar d-drawwa tat-tagħlim onlajn, aktar u aktar din l-istqarrija ma tibqax valida!

      • Most of us are aware of the technology revolution that has been going on in schools around the world. We are making the transition from written to the interactive whiteboards and Web-based references and curriculum. It’s happening faster in some countries than others (the UK, for example, is ahead of the US in this regard), but it’s happening everywhere. Because of the significant amount of resources the educational system are investing in hardware and software, certainly we must believe that technology will help, and there is growing evidence that test scores and retention can improve if technology is used appropriately in the learning process. I am quite hopeful that before too long classrooms will no longer resemble the ones we were in and that the materials that students use will be able to teach critical thinking, advance knowledge, and entertain simultaneously. The digital train has left the station, and that’s a good thing!

        To add, as early as the 1986 Apple Computer, Inc. launched a project call Apple Classrooms of Tomorrow (ACOT). Each participating student and teacher received two computers: one for home and one for school. The goal of the project was to see how the routing use of computers would affect how students learn and how teacher teach. One issue the project hoped to confront was the possibility of any negative effects from prolonged exposure to computers. Some critics were worried that students who use computers extensively will become ‘brain-dead’ or less social from looking at the computer screen all day. At the end of two years, the investigators learned that some of their worst fears had been groundless. Most interesting, however, is that classroom observers noticed changes in the behaviour of teachers and students. Students were taking more responsibility for their own learning, and teachers were working more as mentors and less as presenters of information. Here one can notice that technological use such as google, wikidepia; blogs and sites are helpful not just outside the classroom but even in the classroom.

        I believe that life in itself is a continuing learning experience; we don’t need any classroom environment to learn. Yet, one needs to keep in mind that pupil interactive process is also important. I’m sure that if all of us would have the opportunity to start their education again, we would change classroom setting, use of technological equipment not the school environment in itself. Since I believe that by interacting with each other we are forming our identity.

  4. In my opinion no students don’t learn only from classrooms, there are million of places and environments from where students learn, and internet is one of these places. But the classroom should be the place where the students choose the good from the bad. This means the teacher should guide her students to identify what is good to be learned and what is not.

  5. I think that what this twitter said is absolutely true. We cannot assume that our students learn only in the classroom. It is proved that there are different learning environments from which students extract learning experiences, including out of school situations. One of this environments is obviously the online environment. Students of today spend a lot of time on the internet and the information there is limitless. I watched the talk by Salman Khan (khna academy, in one of the previous blogs) and he said that his cousins were more comfortable watching his videos instead of listening to him beacuse they were free to “pause and play him whenever they needed” ! This is quite interesting….in the classroom, certain students are afraid of clarifying certain problems because they are afraid to expose their misunderstandings. In an online environment, they can repeat the explanation as much as they want.

  6. I don’t agree with this Twitter post as i think one learns through everyday experiences and not just in our classroom. If the post was right it would mean that one would stop learning by the age of 16 or if they continue their studies by the age of 18 or 23!
    I believe that one starts learning from the day they are born until their final days. We can learn from any situation and we should never stop this learning process. I therefore agree with what katielena Mizzi said previously and think that the classroom is just one situation from where we can learn.
    With regards to exams one can learn information from the classroom, at home, by getting help from our parents and our peers from the internet and from books.

    • I agree with Michela. The Classroom is not the only learning environment that exists. Students can learn through the web, through their friends, their parents… Students learn through everyday experiences. In other words it is not only in the classroom that a student enhances his knowledge.

      • Can you please give concrete examples of what sort of learning you would be seeing as occurring outside the classroom and how you, as a teacher, and through distinct resources, would foster such practices?

  7. I tend to agree with Franco Camilleri’s comment: “…we have all the information we need at a mouse click”. It’s impressive to see the enormous changes that technology has on our lives. The reality of life has changed and hence this should also affect the classrooms. It’s unrealistic to think that the classroom is an isolated booth of knowledge, because it’s not! Considering the enormous resources we find on the internet, the teacher now a days isn’t the person that has all answers for every question. Actually he/she should be a guide and provide students with the necessary material in order for them to learn autonomously.

    To comment about the tweet, in my opinion, I consider everyone capable of learning in some way or another. As long as you’re interested in it and it’s important for your being, it’s something worth learning. Definitely not everyone is capable of acquiring knowledge from a classroom environment, but I’m sure that learning can occur in many other places and situations.

  8. I believe that learning can be in any place and in every situation. You can just be sitting somewhere doing nothing and only by observing or watching people passing by, you could also be learning. Learning goes beyond the school subjects. I know people who never went to University and do not even have an A-level, but they can discuss on a variety of subjects endlessly! How? They watch documentaries, they surf on the internet and they talk and listen to others’ experiences. Something which sometimes I feel we do not do much….unfortunately!

    • I totally agree with Charmaine. Just to give an example: my grandma is 87 years old and she never went to school because she did not like and it was not obligatory at that time. However, she learnt a lot through her own experiences. Okay, she did not learn academic subjects but we can’t say that she is not educated.

      What exactly do we mean by “educated”? Or by “learning”?

  9. Teachers have a role – to educate children. However the teacher must make use of possible methods to engage all the students. we are all different, and students learn differently. The old system where the teacher talks and students listen have shown that it didn’t work. therefore its up to the teacher to use different methods of teaching. We want our children to be creative, so we as teachers must also be creative in our teaching. The teachers must acknowledge the fact, that students are not blank slates, and that they are waiting for the almighty teacher to fill it in. students have their own baggage, their own experiences. the classroom is just one place where children learn. Learning is a process, we are constantly learning. People can be illiterate but still are able to provide higher order thinking – as the school is not the only place where people learn. I know people who cannot read and write yet they managed to build an empire, one may ask how did they get such knowledge. the answer to that is simple. LIFE. We learn from our own experiences, from the places we have been, from the people we have spoken to, from our own mistakes and misfortunes. We are constantly learning till the day we rest.

  10. Il-problema tal-għalliem mhijiex li jekk l-istudent ma jitgħallimx mill-klassi mhu qed jitgħallem xejn IMMA l-mod kif qed jiġi mgħallem l-istudent trid tkun il-problema tal-għalliem. Jekk l-għalliem jibqa’ jagħti lezzjonijiet b’laqta’ tradizzjonali, l-istudent jispiċċa mhux interessat u motivat li jagħti kas tal-lezzjoni. Min-naħa l-oħra, jekk aħna l-għalliema noffrulhom lezzjonijiet attraenti, kreattivi u mimlijin b’attivitajiet li l-istudenti jħobbu bħal pereżempju l-użu tal-bord interattiv jew lezzjonijiet b’taħdit estemporanju (jiġifieri l-istudenti jagħmlu r-riċerka tagħhom qabel eż. fuq l-internet) din il-problema m’għandhiex tkun problema.

    It-teknoloġija wkoll trid tkun il-mod biex it-tagħlim iseħħ fil-klassi tagħna. Illum l-istudent jinsab f’żewġ dinjiet; id-dinja reali li fiha jgħix l-esperjenzi tiegħu tal-ħajja u d-dinja teknoloġika li sseħħ meta l-istudenti jużaw it-teknoloġija. Naqbel ma’ Colette li l-istudenti jitgħallmu wkoll mill-ġenituri, mill-ħbieb u mill-esperjenzi tagħhom ta’ kuljum. Għalhekk l-istudenti miż-żewġ dinjiet jitgħallmu imma ma rridux inneħħu l-fatt li mid-dinja teknoloġika jitgħallmu iktar għax dejjem ikunu aċċana li jitgħallmu iktar u jsiru jafu fuq id-dinja reali tagħhom. L-għalliem irid juża din id-dinja teknoloġika fil-klassi tiegħu biex b’hekk ikompli jiżviluppa u jkabbar l-għarfien tal-istudenti tiegħu.

  11. Learning in classrooms does not promote self-regulation. Instead, classrooms are used for behavior modification. Teachers evaluate mental capabilities of students as they teach them academic subjects required by state laws. State laws deem what is considered human capital.

  12. This discussion brings up something that I have we been contemplating for a while, how can we optimize the time in the classroom ,i.e. F2F, that cannot be done using flatland (2D such as WebEx, GoToMeeting, Blackboard, etc.) or virtual worlds.

    • I think it’s not something which can be solved simply using one approach such as f2f. First of all there are a number of complexity issues which need to be considered. Each learning context is different and there is no one recipe for success. I feel this is analogous to a continuum where at one end you have the f2f and at the other you have the immersive virtual world. In the middle there are all the digital tools that can be used to enrich and augment the experience. These tools I feel complement the experiences achieved.

  13. This is a statement which was definitely true in the past. Today educators have understood the benefits of Inquiry teaching, i.e. learning outside the classroom setting. Through this students are allocated time to question and be curious. Inquiry encourages children to conduct research for genuine reasons, and make discoveries on their own. The practice transforms the teacher into a learner with students, and students become teachers with us.

    Teacher should be spending time supporting student thinkers and helping their minds develop so that they can approach new learning creatively and energetically. Students are learning how to learn. In a classroom setting, sometimes, students learn to listen and repeat the expected answers.

  14. My opinion is that it is true that students learn from the classroom environment but I opine that in today’s contemporary society students can learn more from life experiences and also from a technology based environment namely the internet with all its implications if it is used well.

  15. To add to previous comments, please remember that just because there is still a teacher and a classroom does not mean that the traditional model of teaching and learning needs to happen. The old model of pedagogy (teacher-focused, one-size-fits-all) makes no sense to young people who have grown up in a digital world. During my teaching practice, for example, I have noticed that students prefer a conversation rather than a lecture.

    Digital media is constantly changing the way pupils absorb information. They don’t necessarily read a page from left to right and from top to bottom. They might instead skip around, scanning for pertinent information of interest. This type of lesson delivery can obviously be extended, virtually and actually, beyond the classroom walls.

  16. As already said one does not learn only in class but from every day situation. Apart from the class there are other places where learning occur such as within in the family ,friends,internet,sports clubs,music lessons and youth organisations. Learning that occur in class can be different to learning that occur outside which I believe are both important. In fact when I was doing my teaching practice I learned that most students played an instrument or played football or attended a youth organisation where they learned skills that at school they would not have the opportunity to develop.

    Which was disappointing was I heard that some students spend all their free time playing PlayStation and in my opinion they are missing out.

  17. Students do learn in the classrooms, especially when teachers teach in a creative way using the three aspects of visual, verbal and concrete. However, I agree completely with my classmates that students learn also from their daily life experiences. Ray LeBlond said: “You learn something every day if you pay attention.” Students can also learn from other groups/organizations which they belong, from their family and friends, from nature itself and also from technology itself. These are all ways and means by which students can learn about things or a particular topic/subject, about life itself, about themselves, and about others too. Before we used to search in books, encyclopaedias, or ask those who are professors in a specific subject. Now students can learn also from a discussion/forum, from a television programme, from websites, from videos, from pod casts, from blogs, and from other people’s experiences, thanks to the social networks. We learn from each other even through the means of technology. Technology gives us the opportunity to see, and to listen to what is going on around us, and to communicate with each other: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vuV7G3jgx4A. This is also learning.

    • I personally think that first, one should give a definition to the word “learning” in which after the cognitive revolution, has been defined as ‘a relatively permanent change in knowledge that occurs as a result of experience’. Moreover, each and every learner has different needs, abilities and interests and hence, he or she adapts his or her own way of obtaining knowledge and information. One ought to remember that a method which works out perfectly with one student does not mean that it will produce the same result when used with another learner. Thus, everyone is unique. Having said that, we cannot come to the conclusion that if a student is not learning in the class, it simply means that he or she is not learning. On the contrary, there are various strategies and approaches where one can grasp knowledge, case in point, is the usage of the online learning. Therefore, class environment is not the only place in which learners acquire knowledge and information.

  18. It-tagħlim huwa proċess kontinwu għaliex wieħed jitgħallem il-ħin kollu, mhux fil-ħin tal-iskola biss iżda mill-esperjenzi ta’ kuljum ukoll. Meta ngħid esperjenza ta’ kuljum qiegħda nirreferi għal dawk il-mumenti li wieħed jesperjenza b’mod regolari, pereżempju ma’ tal-familja, mal-ħbieb, meta tmur tixtri jew tirkeb tal-linja. Fl-opinjoni tiegħi wieħed jitgħallem iżjed mill-esperjenzi ta’ kuljum għaliex jibqa’ jiftakarhom iżjed speċjalment jekk ma tkunx esperjenza sabiħa. Madankollu wieħed ma jridx jinsa li t-tagħlim fil-klassi huwa fundamentali sabiex l-istudenti jkunu kapaċi jifformaw tajjeb il-karattru tagħhom u jiżviluppaw f’ċittadini responsabbli. B’hekk, huwa importanti ħafna li l-għalliema tgħallem b’mod kreattiv u motivanti għall-istudenti.

    L-għalliema trid tkun kreattiva billi tagħmel użu tajjeb mir-riżorsi moderni bħal ngħidu aħna google, wikipedia, siti u anka blogs. L-għalliema tista’ wkoll tissuġġerixxi lill-istudenti sabiex jfittxu r-riċerka huma u b’dan il-mod jakkwistaw ħafna ħiliet bħal pereżempju jitgħallmu jaħsbu b’mod intelliġenti u kritiku. Ovvjament l-għalliema trid tagħmel minn kollox sabiex tinkludi lil kulħadd waqt il-lezzjonijiet għaliex kulħadd għandu potenzjal li jitgħallem.

    Jiena xtaqt naqsam dan il-vidjow interessanti magħkom:

  19. Jien naħseb li t-tagħlim ma jseħħx biss fil-klassi. Dan għaliex b’dan ir-raġunament inkunu qed ngħidu li fl-antik meta t-tfal ma kinux imorru l-iskola ma kienu jitgħallmu xejn. Jien tal-fehma li vera li fl-antik il-maġġoranza tan-nies ma kienx ikollhom aċċess għat-tagħlim formali madankollu, xorta kienu kapaċi fix-xogħol tagħhom u kienu nies intelliġenti. Xhieda ta’ dan huma tempji preistoriċi li għandna f’Malta li nbnew b’sengħa u b’ħila kbira mingħajr l-użu tat-teknoloġija li għandna llum.
    Dan hu link għall-vidjow clip qasir dwar it-tempju ta’ Ħaġar Qim: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iApt_44qmNg

    L-iskola hija mezz importanti ta’ tagħlim imma wieħed ma jridx jaħseb li t-tagħlim isir biss fl-iskola. Infatti, it-tagħlim jibda mill-familja (s-soċjalizazzjoni primarja). Diversi nies jgħidu li t-tagħlim m’għandux jieqaf meta l-istudenti jtemmu l-istudji tagħhom l-iskola imma għandu jibqa’ għaddej tul ħajjithom kolha. Dan juri kemm wieħed jista’ jitgħallem minn sorsi oħra ngħidu aħna permezz tal-kotba u tar-rivisti li jiġu ppubblikati minn żmien għal żmien. Barra minn dan, fid-dinja tal-lum insibu diversi opportunitajiet fejn l-istudenti jistgħu jitgħallmu fosthom nistgħu nsemmu l-internet li hu sors importanti ħafna u hu użat minn ħafna studenti. L-istudenti jistgħu jitgħallmu anki permezz ta’ dvd li jsegwu fil-kumdità ta’ darhom.

    Mill-esperjenza tiegħi nista’ ngħid li minbarra l-iskola tgħallimt ukoll mill-esperjenzi li għaddejt minnhom, mill-membri tal-familja, min-nies li ntqajt magħhom, mill-internet u minn għadd ta’ sorsi oħra.

  20. In my opinion, students don’t learn just from the classroom. I think that every good or bad experience gives us a lesson and it is from these experiences that we learn. The classroom is just one learning environment where one can learn and this can also include different environments and people around us which or who transmit to us what they actually know. Learning can result from all things around us, being a game, reading a book, searching the internet and much more. Surely, the use of technology has opened a vast possibility where the individual can learn even at home.

  21. Learning begins when we awake and ends when we go to sleep.

    Students learn in various environments and locations not just at school. Learning is not what the teacher teaches in the classroom setting only. Learning is a natural process instinctively carried out by every individual, and is acquired not by listening to words but by experiences and reflections upon the environment.

    Learning takes place everywhere – when relaxing on the grass with a notebook, when listening to music, when searching for information on-line, when competing at sport or when reading a book. These learning experiences occur whether we arrange the spaces or not.

    In addition when considering learning, it is important to note that learning itself is changing.

    As Cope and Kalantzis (1999) said, “Changes in society and the unknown future challenges and technologies facing learners have led to the need for what can be described as anywhere, anytime, ubiquitous learning”.

  22. Wara li rnexxieli naqra kull kumment li ġie miktbu qabli, nista’ niġbor li l-ġist kollu ta’ din il-kwotazzjoni jinsab kif it-tifel mhux bilfors jitgħallem mill-klassi imma hemm aktar sorsi li fihom jista’ jħaddem il-konjizzjoni tiegħu u jitgħallem.

    Illum il-ġurnata jekk student ngħidu aħna ma fehemx f’lezzjoni tal-ġeografija, l-għaliex l-għalliem ma qagħadx jieħu l-inizjattiva u jagħmilha b’mod interattiva u li tappartjeni għalih, dan faċilment jidħollok fuq l-interent u jsib l-informazzjoni kollha hemm hekk. Barra minn hekk din l-informazzjoni tkun msejsa fuq stampi, vidjows u l-bqija. Dan iwassal biex illum il-ġurnata l-istudenti mhux bilfors li qed jitgħallmu l-aktar minn fuq il-bank tal-iskola imma qegħdin jitgħallmu mis-sorsi elettroniċi li l-ħin kollu qegħdin kuntatt magħhom.

    Ikolli naqbel ħafna ma’ dak li qalet Raquel dwar it-tagħlim. L-ewwel tagħlim li jirċievi l-istudent hu mill-familja, dik li nsejħulha s-soċjalizzazzjoni primarja. Hawn it-tifel jitgħallem kif għandu jġib ruħu man-nies u f’postijiet differenti, jitgħallem l-manjieri … Wara jgħaddi għas-soċjalizzazzjoni sekondarja, tagħlim li jieħu mill-iskola, mingħand il-ħbieb, minn fuq it-televiżjoni, minn fuq l-internet u l-bqija. Kif qed naraw it-tagħlim hu ħolqa marbuta m’oħra li jibda minn età żgħira u jibqa’ sal-aħħar nifs tal-individwu. Fil-fatt il-bniedem kull fejn imur dejjem jitgħallem xi ħaġa ġdida.

    Allura żgur li dik it-tweet qasira tagħmel sens ħafna anke meta tpoġġiha f’kuntest usa (mhux biss tagħlim akkademiku).

  23. Traditionally there has been a dichotomy between school and home. This dichotomy has been exaggerated in recent years with a number of parents almost giving up their parental responsibilities to teachers assuming that teachers will rear their children, provide discipline, teach social skills and obviously educate their children. So the teachers may have assumed that whereas at school there is learning which is visible, what they don’t see (what happens at home) is non-existent.

    Unfortunately, even though it is quite sad, I would tend to agree with this comment. The problem is not really with the technology or the parental attitudes per se’, but it is simply a matter of student motivation. Students have different motivations to access the internet and make use of the huge myriad of online tools. My question would be.. What should motivate them to do so?. As I am studying “Themes in Psychology of Education”, I have come across the idea that students who are given strict instructions to follow and who are not given a voice in class are less likely to appreciate learning, to collaborate with others and to become self-directed learners and that is exactly what we need our students to be if they are to learn (at home) from all the tools that are at their disposal.

    Whereas on the one hand teachers are right in assuming that students do not learn on their own, it may be their own fault as their type of teaching does not encourage learners to take what is at their disposal and learn outside of the classroom.

  24. I think that it’s true. If a student is not learning in your lesson it doesn’t mean that s/he is not learning anywhere. If s/he is not learning in your lesson there are many reasons why that is happening. It may mean that the student does not like the subject you are teaching, or s/he does not find your teaching method adequate, or maybe s/he does not like the class environment or the time the lesson is held. Like I said there can be many factors that contribute to lack of learning. Teachers have to make sure that everyone is benefiting from their class. Moreover to know more why the student is not learning s/he can ask other teachers about that particular student.

  25. I believe that students are learning all the time, in the same way that we are still learning new things. If a student is not learning in class, then the teacher has to change his or her methods in order to be able to involve and include all the students. As we all know, students have different learning styles (Fleming’s VAK/VARK model) :

    visual learning students;
    auditory learning students;
    kinesthetic/tactile learning students.

    As teachers, we should also help our students to become autonomous; ‘the ability to take charge of one’s learning’.

    However, even if students are able to discover things for themselves, this does not mean that the teacher should not make an effort to change his or her resources and tools to motivate, engage and involve students.

  26. First of all I believe that learning does not take place only in the classroom. However, the learning experience in the classroom could be enhanced if students are encouraged to share and express their opinions without the fear of being jugded. On the other hand teachers need to discard the old traditional model of ‘one size fits all’ and move towards an approach which addresses the needs of ALL the students in the classroom. Teachers need to acknowldege that students learn in different ways and thus must evaluate their strategies so that they maintain the right motivation and keep students engaged.

  27. A lot is said sometimes with just a few words because it leaves an ample space for reflection and discussion. Learning is like the air that we constantly breath therefore learning is not something to be solely associated with the classroom walls. But why not making the learning experiences for the students more relevant and contextual not abstract and dull? By taking learning beyond the classroom we can find dozens of opportunities to make learning concepts, real and relevant by putting them into a more realistic context. Many concepts which seem too difficult to get a grasp of in the classroom are a lot easier to understand in the big wide world when they’re set in context, and when the children are more engaged and motivated to understand and learn. Hence taking the class beyond the classroom walls conceptually or even by actually setting your lessons beyond the classroom physically (Cultural Visits, Computer Labs, Video Room etc)

  28. Probably the first thing that comes to mind when we think of learning is the school environment and the four walls of a classroom, however, learning isn’t solely confined to this. As the tweet said, it is a “problem” to think that learning only takes place in a classroom, especially in today’s modern society. Teacher’s are able to bring the outside world into the school through media and data passed through the internet.

    I think that children are lucky into today’s technological world as they can seize every opportunity to learn. Every day proposed a new invention and a new discovery.

  29. Quite true, some teachers do think that if the students are not learning during the lesson then they are not learning, but in fact learning does not only occur at school and is not only academically. The process of learning takes place during every minute of one’s life and during every activity. Once can learn the basic things in life and a number of values and principles from his/her family and lots of other things form every day experience. Of course school is very important for the development of children and for children to learn. Apart from this, learning at school can be unrelated with the academic subject taught.

  30. I think that everyone is able to learn from experience. Therefore it can also mean that the student is not engaged into learning in the classroom because the material being presented may be already difficult and presented in a boring manner. Sometimes teachers have to teach difficult subjects and it is us who have to think of creative ways of involving the students into learning a difficult subject or task. That way it can become more enjoyable. When students enjoy themselves and actively participate, they are truly learning and motivated.

    Another point is perspective. The teacher might also think that the student is not learning while the student may actually be learning. If the student is not participating in class, it may not only be that the student is not learning. The student may be learning but is shy and that is why the student does not participate. We have to also keep in our minds that we have to get to know the students individually not just as an entire class. That way the teacher can address difficulties the children encounter.

  31. “Learning is not a spectator sport. Students do not learn much just by sitting in class listening to teachers, memorizing prepackaged assignments, and spitting out answers. They must talk about what they are learning, write about it, relate it to past experiences, apply it to their daily lives. They must make what they learn part of themselves.”- Arthur W. Chickering and Zelda F. Gamson, “Seven Principles for Good Practice,” (1987).
    I totally agree with this quote. In my opinion, the classroom isn’t the only place where learning is acquired. With the evolution of the Internet and its fantastic applications, online teaching and learning has gained tremendous amount of popularity. Moreover, Internet teaching and learning tools are created at a fast pace to help better address the multitude of teaching and learning styles. Liu and Thompson (1999) found that faculty members are more likely to use a wider variety of educational technologies when exposed to online teaching and learning tools and thus teach to a broader array of learning styles.
    Moreover, apart from technological resources, the student can learn from life experiences such as family background, peers and the society in general.

  32. I agree with the tweet. Students can learn outside the classroom environment. Still there are some children, for example those coming from the working class that might not find the same support from the family for studying or looking up academic subjects. So a teacher cannot assume that everyone is exposed to a learning directed environment at home or within his/her social group. Therefore I believe that certain support and motivation for learning must come from the classroom. It is the teacher’s responsibility to give the children equal opportunities for learning!

  33. What’s being said in this post is actually true, since students don’t only learn new concepts and materials from school. In fact, a large quantity of knowledge is acquired outside of the classroom through everyday experiences (such as from family and friends) and especially via the internet.

    It is valid to say that school is important to help students develop certain abilities, but one should also keep in mind that learning takes place everywhere and therefore it shouldn’t be confined to the 4 walls of a classroom.

  34. I could not disagree more with this statement. Having a passion for Geography and understanding the subject’s dynamicity, I do not believe this is the case. Geography is one of a number of subjects where it is simply easier at times and also more enjoyable to conduct a fieldwork session and other educational outings outside the classroom. It is a subject that in one way or another, relates to all aspects in life. Actually, many explanations would be increasingly understandable in the environment of the context. E.g., it would make more sense to explain the different types of soils on site, rather than bring a measly sample to the students in the classroom.

    Furthermore, if the students are not in school, or are not with an official educator of the educational system, I still believe that students would be learning, even if it is informal learning and even if it occurs unconsciously. Once again, if I take Geography as an example, it is all around us. We live Geography, constantly, without even realizing it. E.g., when using the internet and social media, there would be a participation in globalization, E.g. when going on holiday, we would be trying to conceptualize where the visiting country is on the map of the world, etc. Therefore, we can assume that even our students are living Geography, and it would be our jobs as Geography teachers to make the students realize it in order to be more aware and receptive of multiple learning opportunities outside our classroom.

    It is obvious that I took my subject as a great example to contradict this tweet. Could you use this same argument with you subject?

  35. To add with the previous comments, in my opinion students do not only learn from teacher’s lessons and activities.

    There are many areas besides school which can provide an individual with a full education. First of all, children are highly influenced from their respective families. A person’s character, perspectives and ideas are all first fashioned at home. Parents playing the role of teachers is a natural part of education. An individual can also learn from his friends.

    Moreover, as 21st students, they also have the opportunity to learn online. This can be beneficial to our students because:

    1) an online course allows for a vast content. Students can access the school’s library from their PC’s to research articles, ebooks and other material.
    2) it increases student interaction and the encourage the diversity of opinions, because everyone gets a say, not just the most talkative.
    3) course material is accessible 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

    These benefits can trigger interest in our students to use online learning, especially, if their teachers are still using a traditional way of teaching without updating their resources and activities during their lessons.

  36. A student doesn’t have to be in a classroom to learn. There are different learning environments. Today with the time children spend on the internet, watching television, playing games they learn a lot. This week my 4 year old niece was telling me the numbers in Spanish and I was very surprised. She learned them from a kid’s television program where they teach numbers etc. through songs first in English then in Spanish. Even through gaming children are learning a lot and not only through educational gaming. I read an article showing how games are even changing the classrooms. A teacher used ‘Angry Birds’ to teach the students the laws of physics. The game ‘World of War Craft’ is being used also during History lessons and language arts. The internet is also a very powerful tool where at the click of a button we have all the information we need. As Jeff Cobb said “Learning is the lifelong process of transforming information and experience into knowledge, skills, behaviors, and attitudes.”

  37. Learning occurs in different forms and there are at least four main theories that define learning from various perspectives (behaviourist, cognitivist…). Hence, learning is quite complex and one cannot conclude that if a student is behind his peers in class he is not learning.

    Different students require different strategies. Thus, a particular student may take more time to grasp a concept while other students find it easier. However, if almost no one in class is understanding and the educator needs to address his/her method of delivery and find another way of explaining the content.

    An educator needs to be careful not to label students and jump to conclusions without the appropriate reflection and discernment.

  38. I totally disagree with the statement in this tweet; it basically implies that the teacher is blaming the student because maybe he did not achieve what she/he expected during the lesson and is thus enforcing the fact that students only learn within the school premises. As someone already commented above, we have to move on and come to believe that learning is not necessarily related to schooling i.e. the four walls of the classroom but we as future teachers have to move forward from this attitude. A teacher who only focuses on what happens in the classroom setting is not letting students interact with the outside world which definitely provides other learning situations and environments. Once, during some research I had encountered a finding by John Dewey who stated that the waste of school according to a child’s mind is that he is unable to use the experiences he has at school and apply them to outside school, and vice-versa; he is unable to use his daily life experiences in the school context. From this regard, the school here is failing and so it is crucial that there are direct links between the school and other learning environments, such as the family and the community. In my opinion the latter are two very powerful systems that if let to intervene within the academic development of the student, can help the student to associate learning not only with ‘that-place-called-school-that-i-have-to-go-everyday’ but associate learning as an experience to develop your knowledge elsewhere.

  39. Assolutament m’hu veru xejn li meta lis-studenti ma jkunux qed jitghallmu fil-klassi, ma jkunux qeghdin jitghallmu xejn. Il-hajja hija taghlima fiha nnifisha. Il-Professur Oliver Friggieri jghid li l-hajja tghallmek hafna aktar mill-kotba. Dan hu tassew minnu!

  40. I agree with all the above comments. With respect to my subject-Geography, if learning was only confined to the classroom it would be more difficult for students to understand number of Geographical concepts. Geography allows us to teach in a way where we can connect geographical concepts with students’ experience. I find it imperative for us Geography teachers not to keep students only to class base level but to organize fieldworks, and through this we can introduce the concept of living Geography. After all students’ would be more engaged in learning through the use of such teaching strategy.

  41. Twitter is a social network which has a lot of advantages which if used correctly. This is because people can communicate their thoughts instantly with a click of a button. It allows people to be virtually connected to each other. Twitter is best used in world which is changing very fast. Such a world is the world to teaching pedagogues , different ideas are communicated in an efficient way using Twitter. Other techniques such as the Media would communicate the ideas surly at a slower rate.

  42. A student doesn’t only learn in the classroom, a student learns at school, at home, when they’re out with their friends… Therefore, I don’t think it’s true that if a student is not learning in our classroom, s/he isn’t learning and I honestly can’t believe that anyone would agree with this statement. However, if a student isn’t learning in our classroom, we as teachers have a problem! I think, every teacher wants all students to learn and reach the main objective, even though it’s mostly impossible for this to happen. However, if this is not our main aim and if we have an attitude of “well, if they don’t learn in my classroom, they will learn somewhere else”, we would have lost the main scope of teachers.

  43. I agree 100% with Jennifer since our learning is not restricted only for the classroom. However in this case I believe that it is the teacher’s problem. S/he must change his teaching methods according to the needs of the students.

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