Hi to all, I haven’t posted for some time… not because I have gotten lazy :) … but because I wanted to give you some time to catch up with a number of previous posts, and maybe have some more time to reflect.
I know that a number of you, if not all, are going through the exam fever these days. I do believe that assessment is one very important discussion point to raise. The video which I have posted here, goes to show where I would like to take my discussion towards. There are various ways of assessing learners… but how do you really assess learning? Ask yourselves… just because you will pass your exam, will this mean that you have learnt? Maybe it might mean that you have very good recall abilities. But will it really mean that you have achieved the objectives set?
And in comes this video… I found Sugata Mitra some time ago – through Twitter of course :) and I realised what an incredible man he is- really – I mean he’s funny, and insightful, and possesses some great ideas and he’s been doing some really great work… two things which he said when he quoted Arthur C. Clark who he went to visit during one of his experiments and which have, amongst others, struck me, were: “A teacher who can be replaced by a machine…should be” and “If children have interest, then Education happens” – a very good quote from Arthur C. Clark, I would say.
So anyway what were these experiments all about? They were about letting children learn by themselves… but truly… no interference from anyone… and the results were amazing… I invite you to really listen to this talk because this might not only give you more ideas about the way you can do your teaching, but also how to best use the tools you have to drive your learners to have interest – and thus to learn. I also invite you to listen to this talk because if you don’t, then you are missing out. Do not assess a learner… try to assess the learning instead. I think it will make a whole lot of a difference.