Partnering for Real Learning,
This review is from: Teaching Digital Natives: Partnering for Real Learning (Paperback)
Reading Teaching Digital Natives: Partnering for Real Learning by Marc Prensky was a fantastic experience. This book details the importance of real learning is our students. As a teacher, I am always looking to share connections with my students. I want them to ask, "Who cares about this topic?" I have a great answer. I know that brain research says it is easier to learn and you will make a stronger memory if you are interested in your topic. Partnering and passion-based learning are two concepts based in brain research.
Prensky says, "Partnering gives students the primary responsibility for:
finding and following their passion, using whatever technology is available, researching and finding information, answering questions and sharing their thoughts and opinions, practicing (when properly motivated, e.g. through games), creating presentations in text and multimedia." I think it is frightening for some teachers and parents to think about being partners in learning with their students. It does not mean there are no boundaries or rules; it does mean that adults are involved and responsible, which leads to fewer discipline issues.
Changing roles of student and teachers can be scary, but as Prensky says, "When you feel such fear and need the courage to proceed anyway, it often helps to remember the lion in the Wizard of Ox--you don't need the medal, because the courage is inside you all the time." I really hope that more adults will read his work. Cooperating with our students is key to keeping them engaged and to creating life- long learners.
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Lisa Niver Rajna, M.A. Ed., is our Geography Awareness Editor. She is an accomplished travel agent, blogger, speaker, science teacher and member of the Traveler's Century Club, a unique travel club limited to travelers who have visited one hundred or more countries. She traveled across six continents with Club Med, Princess Cruises, Renaissance Cruises and Royal Caribbean International. Look for her underwater as a PADI divemaster,in the science lab at the Brawerman Elementary School, or traveling in an exotic location.
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Initial post: Mar 15, 2012 12:12:32 PM PDT
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