Prepare students for tomorrow? Think about these as you plan.
Judy Willis, Neurologist, suggests several important practices. Here’s my take on her ideas:
1. Collaboration –“we” solutions found together
2. Information Evaluation — “Is it relevant, accurate, and complete?” With so much information, students need to find relevant and valid information that is complete, reading through any bias..
3. Tolerance — With increased dependence upon collaboration — finding the team with the strengths and agency to solve issues — requires acceptance of others who are different. Openness, tolerance, and acceptance of other cultures and ideas are imperatives for future jobs or self-employment.
4. Strength Development — “brains want to learn” — we each have our strengths and must build those. Many kids do not “fit” the test/linear/sequence of today’s mandated test-biased schools. Their success will be to honor their strengths. Honor your strengths and build upon them; yours may be some other project’s solution. Teachers, build on student interests and curiosity.
5. Authenticity — “practice makes permanent” — In order to learn [remember], we must repeat what we want to learn in “different, personally meaningful ways” to build the brain’s pathways. School learning must include “real-live” situations.
6. Resilience and Self-Knowledge — understand the power of our brains — help students understand the power of our brains to change the mindset towards building their intelligence; help them bounce back, and be willing to continue to do so with the power within their own abilities.
Read the article for Judy’s suggestions.