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what goes on in school stays in school

I spent today at EduBloggerCon - a pre-unconference at NECC. At one of the sessions I made that comment that "what goes on in school stays in school”. What I mean by that is that students think that what they learn (or at least what teachers are teaching) doesn't matter outside of school.That may be the reason that so many students object to homework - they don't want to bring school home.

This is part of a bigger problem in that too many students are in school, not to learn, but to pass on to the next level. Elementary school students want to get into middle school, middle school into high school, high school into college and college into work. They don't see the connection between acquaring knowledge in the process. All they see is moving through steps.

The trick is getting students to see that they need the knowledge and that the knowledge matters outside of school.

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  • lajoneslajones

    It's good to see that you have emersed yourself in the conference and are working collaboratively.  Yet, you are still thinking about the school experiences of students.  That's pretty amazing!

    It may not just be about knowledge.  We have an ability to gather facts, particles of information, when needed.  It might be more about wisdom, discernment of how to use those facts.  What do we want? What do we need?  What should we incorporate into our lives?  How does our practice reflect that?

  • lajoneslajones

    It's good to see that you have emersed yourself in the conference and are working collaboratively.  Yet, you are still thinking about the school experiences of students.  That's pretty amazing!

    It may not just be about knowledge.  We have an ability to gather facts, particles of information, when needed.  It might be more about wisdom, discernment of how to use those facts.  What do we want? What do we need?  What should we incorporate into our lives?  How does our practice reflect that?

  • lajoneslajones

    PS  Broadcast this blog over the loud speaker (or some other medium Smiley to get some more people involved.  Surely there are more than 38 people (the number of viewers at present) who care about our children.

  • lajoneslajones

    PS  Broadcast this blog over the loud speaker (or some other medium Smiley to get some more people involved.  Surely there are more than 38 people (the number of viewers at present) who care about our children.

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