It is very simple: We cannot keep teaching the same way our great-grandparents were taught. We’ve been mentioning for a long time that we’re not only facing the 4th industrial revolution, but we’re also understanding how this new paradigm of education works.
It doesn’t matter if we’re teaching arts, STEM, STEAM, music, physical education or poetry, there’s one thing all teachers should keep in mind: Education is about social interaction, if we don’t apply all the techniques we have to make this happen, you will be missing extremely important parts of our students’ development.
As we’ve talked about in the past, we feel that the Vygotskian approach, both to children social development and to education processes, seems to be very relevant to the digital age we are living in, where personalization, customization and the importance of each individual person within a group becomes every day more crucial.
What can you do to have a better interaction with your students?
Let’s begin by saying the obvious: Students are people, and people have a number of triggers and motivations. Understanding those motivations, speculations and triggers will allow any educator to better understand the specific learning process of a student.
The goal is to build a relationship that, within the natural limits, goes beyond the classroom. To do our best, as educators, to understand each individual situation our students could be going through.
As teachers we cannot forget the big influence we have, and sometimes, an “I hear you” can be much more effective than 20 hours of the curricula the Ministry of Education requires us to give.
Why to evaluate during the process and not at the end of it
When we discussed formative assessment we explained its importance. During this exceptional webinar given by Oded Reichsfeld, attendees learned about this impactful approach to education and how positively significant could be the mindset change if we understand that the process itself is way more important than the results shown on a standardized test at the end of it.
Looking at education from the perspective of the social interaction, the way we used to evaluate our kids, which is the same way our grandparents were evaluated back in time, becomes irrelevant.
Actually, when we assume that the 21st century is demanding from our children a different skill set which is closer to critical thinking, teamwork, computational thinking, and problem-solving, evaluating only at the end of a process is a patch solution that interferes with a bigger goal: Creating kids who are better prepared to face an unknown future.
Are there any tools within CoderZ to better understand individual processes?
Since we believe in this, we couldn’t not include this approach into our very own platform. CoderZ allows educators to see, overlook, and understand the progress of each one of the students in their class.
Even if the class has a high success rate, understanding why “Alexander” or “Gabriella” are either having more difficulties, or more progress in their individual processes, can allow us to have conversations with specific students, to better understand what’s going on, and how can we, as teachers, make things better for them.
Having these kind of elements in our online learning environment makes us proud, since we are not only giving every student the chance to own a virtual robot; we’re also enabling teachers and educators to see what’s going on, to solve issues on the spot, and thereby, to create a better, deeper relationship with their pupils. And that’s what we all want, don’t we?
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