A Change and Hopeful Future*

The second half of Teaching 2030 is a great way to end this course… giving hope to all teachers how love what they do and hope to always have a role in the Educational System.

On Page 171 the authors list six levers that must change in order to pursue a better future:

1)Engaging the public with a new vision for teaching  and learning

  •    This would take a lot of convincing, especially in low-income districts

2)Rethinking school finance so it drives new investments and Partnerships

  • Would be wonderful if this idea can work!

3)Redefining preparation and licensing to ensure truly highly qualified and effective teachers

  • I think that this is an important

4)Cultivating working conditions that  make high-needs school “easier to staff’

  • This is a complex situation, I agree that we need to have great teachers in our classrooms but maybe the way teachers are assessed should be different.

5)Reframing accountability for better results

6)Transforming teacher unions into professional guides

I think that the authors create a great plan for our future educators and education although it will mean a lot change in what educators are use to as of now.  In the past teachers are not always so ready for change and often it can be a battle.  I think that change is needed, technology is changing so quickly and our students are growing in this digital world that will create a new sense of learning.

I still think that idea is out there… and there are so many disticts that are behind that one large change I just can’t see happening.


A Voice From The Teachers of 2030*

Barnett Berry is the Author of Teaching 2030 and tells us about the future of teaching.   The authors of this book call on policy workers and the public to work  with teachers in creating a dynamic and flexible learning environment for students and teachers.   The book gives the idea that the future school will be a 24/7 hubs of community support for students and families.

I need to add that I find it ironic that out of all the books we have  read this semester, this is the only one we can’t retrieve on our iPad kindle? And we are talking about teaching in 2030 where our children will be ready to design a business plan using thier iPhones, iPods, etc… but yet I am using an actual Hi-lighter and real postie notes in this book?

I don’t agree with the authors that this what our schools will model in 2030, its hard to predict the future…..

One thing I love about this book, is it is the voice of teachers.  Its a diverse set of teachers, in all areas of the country and bring a unique taste to the table.

I dont know though, what will 2030 be like? On pg 80 a teacher speaks about mobile learning,that it will help students stay on task, work on assignments at any time, etc.  I love the line he says, “ We do not know for certain where we will be in 2030, what we do know for certain is that children and teens will need-as they always have- wise and effective teachers to guide them.”

Disrupting Class: Shift or Shake?

In this book, Disrupting Class, the author Clayton Chirstensen explains the theory of disruption as how people interact and react, how behavior is shaped, how organizational cultures form and influence decisions. He also emphasizes on how to create an instruction specified for each learning strategy.  The book begins explaining that many schools have the right resources, implement all the up-to-date technology but that perhaps schools are not using them efficiently.

Disruptive innovation is not online learning, it is the increasing hope that our children/students will have a customized educational experience.  A shift from the developed model of schooling to one that is more responsive to our  children is what Christensen’s theory is suggesting.  The author is a professor of Harvard and brings his business techniques into the classroom setting.  He incorporates how motivation is the biggest factor in student performance.  “Unless students (and teachers, for that matter) are motivated, they will reject the rigor of any learning task and abandon it before achieving success” (p. 7).  I have to agree!

The theory of disruption in education is more than a shift; it would rattle the way of education as we know it.  There possibly would be less student-teacher interaction, making classrooms non-existent and removing administration from learning by creating personalized curriculum.

I think Christensen’s theory is more of a Shake.

*Do I think this could work?

I think there would be challenges in managing and organization with this.  Christensen is aware of the intrinsic resistance to change found in many schools.  Although this whole system and theory seems unreal I think it is a unique way to approach education and needs further research.  I think that incorporating technology into the classroom as a disruption encourages the learner to participate in self-centered learning.

His theory would work well with class “flipping”…. I think. The students read the content and lecture at home and use class time as a lab with the teacher serving as a professional learning coach.

I am anxious for class discussion on this book, he seems to be more “on target” with the future of our education instruction.


“The Dumbest Generation”

 Were born betwen 1980 and 2000…  or are you 30 years or older? Well if your 30, its your job to save us… The Dumbest Generation.

In the book, “The Dumbest Generation” written by Mark Bauerlein
claims people born from 1980 to 2000 to be the dumbest generation.   He first comments continuously that this generation does not read literature, they know very little about History, politics or economics.  He also refers
to many studies that prove our tests are lower, he especially emphasizes how
little the generation knows about National and state politics.

I kept reading, waiting to see what Bauerlein thought, the
facts and studies just kept coming.

Just a few of his facts he named:  28% of 18-24 year olds correctly identified
William H Rehnquist, the average 18-year-old cannot name his mayor, congressman or senator…. I am not sure about you but those are some particular people for an 18 year old to remember. Can you name all of those people?

Throughout chapter two he still continuously talks about facts, he even mentions Marc Prensky’s book and calls him a futurist.  I found it amusing the
one quote he took from his book, “School represents the past, after school is
where they are training themselves for the future.”  “That school is a prison.”

I feel as though Bauerlein left out the main points Prensky was trying reach to us.

In the third chapter he begins to reveal himself a bit more, especially when he question Richardson, who wrote the book “Blogs, Wikis, Pocasts….”, Bauerlein questions; “Do they ask whether this clever intellect would do equally inventive things with a pencil and paper, paint or canvas?”

My question is this, Do they have
to question it?

Of course the way students learn
is going to change with time, he even compared students who are digital savvy
to the long-haired, rock’n roll garage band players of the 70s.   The way we live is ever-changing, how we
learn, how we retrieve information,  how
we regurgitate information and what is important to us.

I do agree, do we have enough or
any evidence that digital learning is the way of the future?  I also believe that people/students can be
consumed by the online world…. Is it necessary to have 8 – 12 various forms of
communication such as Twitter, Facebook, blogging, emailing, chat-rooms….   I don’t think so yet I do it.? I can’t say I
would if I wasn’t in graduate school…

I need to keep reading this book
in order to really get the full understanding of what he is  truly trying to communicate.  I skipped to the last chapter, for a peek and
was shocked at what he wrote about 30+ year olds… I contemplate that this book
has quite the twist, I am anxious to get to the heat of it and get past all the

Prensky: Parts I, II, & II Gaming in our Classroom

“Let me re-emphasize that I strongly believe-and I hope you do too- that kids should lead a balanced life.”  Prensky, pg 438


The book “Don’t Bother me Mom I’m learning.” written by Marc  Prensky,  entails why gaming in the classroom enhances our students performance in the classroom.  The skills that children gain such as; eye-hand coordination, how to play by the rules, goal setting, making quick decisions, and problem solving skills are a just a few he believes are gained or improved by playing video games.

*Prensky argues that it is the parents responsibility to enforce/teach their children the appropriate balance in life.

*Prensky also argues that even the violent, have a wide range of appropriate things to teach and are emotional defusers.  He states that these games are increasing in communication with social networking connections, children can play against other people of other countries.

I actually really enjoy this book, many of our students are playing video games and it would be great if we could incorporate games into our instruction.  He talks about balance which I completely agree, that is something that should be taught in school because some students do not get that at home.

I do not agree that kids should play violent games or games all day long, there is so much more in the world to discover. One thing he didn’t discuss in the first 1/2 of the book is the lack of human interaction.    Did he forget that human interaction is extremely important to develop?  This relates to the last book we read by Anderegg,  that nerds are “socially awkward,” because many nerds like to stay in and play video games..  I do think that there is some truth to children who are allowed to play games all day, all night inside struggle with social interaction.

Technology is growing at such a rapid pace it is difficult to keep up.  As Educators understand how our children are learning, where their information is coming from and how to teach our students to learn with these tools.  This book has a great insight to how Technology and gaming can be a positive tool/activity in education.

He thinks it is simple: to make gaming a priority and insert it into as much of what we do as possible, add gameplay lecturing.  I say Yikes, remember to balance!

This book is great so far, interesting and fun to read.  Stay tuned for the second half next week!

NERDS: Anderegg Book Review

It is time we stop being lazy and start being intelligent.

Theme:  Geeks and Nerds are a stereotype and a pending issue for children in our Society.

Anderegg, D. (2007).  NERDS: Who They Are and Why we Need More of Them.  New York. Penguin Group (USA). 

I purchased this book on my Kindle app for a graduate college course, and found myself excited, laughing, lost, sleeping, and overall thankful I read it.  He was a bit repetitive and loud, but a strong, valid point was made.  That it was time people stop being lazy with words and stereotypes and start speaking intelligently.  Name calling and categorizing young children, people of all ages in general is not healthy and can have negative outcomes.

 The child physiologist, David Anderegg, expresses and describes the stereotype we as a society call, “GEEKs & NERDs” in his recently written book; Nerds.    He elaborates on the various definitions given to geeks and nerds created by American society in the past 200 years and how he feels this stereotype should be handled delicately, that there must be a change. 

If I could say WHY he wrote on this subject, I am not sure, only that he noticed a similarity between children he visited with, that there were a large sum of kids that were deathly afraid of falling into this stereotype in front of their peers.   His ideas are written from his point of view, he did use the interviews of some children and parents but he interpreted their ideas into his own reasoning.     I believe the author is trying to send a message to the readers that name calling, in this case the names; nerd or geek, is a very unhealthy, unintelligent and unacceptable act of behavior.   

He gives many examples of books, teen models, movies, his own patients, and parents that are “lazy” and portray that being a nerd or geek is a very bad thing.   Lazy means that instead of describing someone as there are they will categorize a person into a particular stereotype.  I believe his intended audiences are parents, professionals in the education system, care takers and adults themselves.   I agree with Alderegg that too many times people categorize someone into the NERD/GEEK stereotype and it is important not to be lazy with our words, especially as educators.