I believe in preparing learners to have curiosity the culture in the classroom is the most critical component. Students naturally have curiosity but the school system can teach them to stifle their curious spirit. As educators, we must allow for students to feel safe to ask questions and search for answers. We need to understand that it is ok to allow students to be driven by questions not by the curriculum. Some of the most valuable lessons are when curiosity takes over.
When students can make the connection between formal learning and informal learning education becomes unlimited. When students can connect ideas in the classroom to the real world, real learning is taking place. when students enjoy learning that they want to learn beyond the classroom it is important. When learners are so passionate about something that they want to be consumed by it, lifelong learning pursues.
Viewing the video of differences between 20th and 21st-century learning was intriguing. So much has changed but at the same time, many things have stayed the same. There are obstacles standing in the way of students learning, but there are incredible things happening in the classrooms. Even though there is still teacher driven lectures like the 20thcentury, the activities that come after the lectures are different. Students are interacting through collaboration, hands-on activities, designing, and creating. There will always be a long way to improving education because teaching methods should be changing and growing.
It is valuable when looking at many different schools and how they compare. Grant Lichtman explains how change can be uncomfortable and messy but shouldn’t be viewed necessarily as hard. I believe this is a roadblock in education, we get to overwhelmed by change, and we view change as the obstacle. Where in reality, change is inevitable and if we embrace change as discomfort not as difficult then we will be more likely to make these necessary adaptations.