Do not normalise
Posted March 21, 2017on:
Do these statements create dissonance?
- Schooling is not education.
- Gamification is not game-based learning.
- Flipping your classroom does not guarantee flipped learning.
- The choice to consume different resources is not the same as personalised learning.
- Teaching objectives do not guarantee learning outcomes.
- Enhancing lessons with technology is not the same as enabling learning with technology.
- Engagement is not the same as empowerment.
- An infographic is not a poster with a collection of graphic elements or snazzy fonts.
- Learning styles are not a fact. They are a myth.
- Calling your students digital natives does nothing to change pedagogy and might actually entrench teacher behaviours.
Some of our fellow Earthlings in the USA say they should continue to question and critique everything Trump because they do not want time and lethargy to normalise what he says and does.
Likewise, educators should not allow unquestioned practice, outdated research, tradition, or vendors out simply to make money to perpetuate falsehoods.
If we do not listen with an informed ear, we let what they say become acceptable truth. If we do not cast a critical eye on what we read or observe, we normalise what we would normally object to. We owe it to our learners to do better and be better.