How are you dealing with 21st Century Education and Technology Integration?
It is no secret, we are already living towards the end of the second decade of the 21st century. The terms “21st Century Education” and “Technology Integration” have been buzzing around for a while and you know that you, as an educator, need to be involved to stay relevant when it comes to transforming teaching and learning. The big question emerging here is: How are you dealing with it?
Overcoming Enemies of Learning
The most important thing you have to know is that all of us (and I really mean all of us!) are perfectly capable of learning anything new. It is just a matter of beginning with it, step by step, and at your own pace…. after beginning….there already comes the first challenge: Overcoming the natural enemies of learning, such as:
- I don’t have time…
- I wasn’t meant to do this…
- I’m afraid to fail…
- I know how to teach well and won’t change it…
The list can go on and on. Each one of us has had these feelings and not only when we refer to learning and teaching….
It is natural that you have these mixed feelings. You have to learn how to deal with them. On one hand you have all this “enemies” waiting there to stop you but on the other hand you want to stay relevant, you want to motivate your students, you want to impact them because of the passion you have for what you do. You are a TEACHER!
You Can Do This!
I will let you in on a little secret: You CAN do this, at your own pace and step by step. Willingness to embrace change is an important requirement to be successful and this means to have the flexibility to adapt. This is especially true in our rapidly changing world that requires new ways of learning and teaching.
Learning Stages for a new Skill
Reading about these learning stages probably makes sense to you, but are you aware of them in terms of your own learning? If you are reading this post you are already in the second stage which doesn’t seem that encouraging at this time. Being ignorant is not something that we really like to hear about ourselves, but let’s keep in mind that when we speak of ignorance, we are ONLY referring to ignorance regarding a new skill.
Five Stages of Increasing a Skill (by Michael Eraut)
Once you decide to learn something, you consider these five stages. Going through this stages will make you aware of your learning process and will facilitate your reflection.
The above two models give us two different ways of looking at the different stages one has to go through to learn (whatever the topic might be). This is closely related to the learning zones.
It is a fact. You WILL HAVE to get out of your Comfort Zone to learn! For a while you won’t feel safe and comfortable without thinking about what you do and how you do it. In the Learning Zone you WILL feel uncertainty and will have to expand your awareness and your capacity for action. And, very important, don’t forget that learning is a process, although you know that about your students, it is good to remember it for yourself. Once you learned and practiced a lot of times and you are an expert, you will have AMPLIFIED your Comfort Zone! During your learning process remember to do it at your own pace and step by step to avoid the Panic Zone.
I have been thinking about this for a while, take a look at my first blogpost , where I reflect:
What about the Panic Zone? Once in there, it is almost impossible to learn something because of all the negative emotions that appear, like criticism, shame for not knowing and first of all, a lot of fear. One consequence of all this is us proclaiming that we “prefer” not being interested or willing to participate, or whatever it might be. Another reason to enter the Panic Zone is when we want to speed up the learning process: a clear example for this could be when you first learn how to drive a car and decide to drive on a highway… Can you feel the sensation about this? PANIC ZONE.
What do you think? How are you dealing with new learning?
You could begin by digging deeper into the ampeduca Blog or taking one of our bite-sized courses. Ampeduca supports you in your learning zone with short courses, that include downloadable resources and action steps to implement immediately in your classroom. Best of all, our courses are written by teachers who know very well what you go through as you are learning in the 21st century and at the same time are teaching children who will live (most likely) into the 22nd century.
“The object of education is to prepare the young to educate themselves throughout their lives.”
Robert M. Hutchins
If your goal is for your students to become learners, why wouldn’t you be their first model and show them what type of learner you are? You just have to care enough to WANT TO BEGIN and improve your own learning and teaching. We take care of the process, the resources and support you every step of the way.