In this seven-minute video, Bea McGarvey points out a key to cultivating student-centered, post-industrial learning organizations. According to McGarvey, it is about creating learning spaces that are shaped by two simple facts about how people learn.
- We learn in different ways.
- We learn on different time frames.
The differentiation of learning experiences and the differentiation of time remain two of the more difficult challenges for many teachers in traditional classrooms. Students in need of these differentiations (although all can benefit from them) are often labeled the problem, rather than considering that the environment may be the problem. McGarvey suggests that a simple way to progress toward these customizations is to take a student, start with a goal, and help the student chart out a plan to achieve that goal. Along the way, give the student the needed feedback and resources. She argues that everything else is “bath water” rather than the “baby.” The 100 point grading scale, traditional daily schedule…all just bath water. What do you think?