Is it me, or is it a fact that our students do not have enough access to digital information? I'm sure some of my colleagues would argue favorably that children should have minimal time exposed to a computer. "The test is not on a computer, they need to be more in the classroom" they might add.
You the reader think: how much time do you spent on your "smart device"? How many apps do you absolutely need. Does your 2 year old use it like he/she was born with it? And did that same 2 year old read before navigating such device?
Well if I do not defend my own teaching philosophy, who will? The world is the classroom now. We must get as close as we can to the most credible source. If it means video chatting with people across the globe, familiarizing themselves to credible sites, watching youtube, etc., then so be it. My 4 walls are not a classroom, our living sphere is. And that computer "thingy" "plaything" is an imperative tool for this and future generations.
I've discovered something called project based learning. Pretty much self explanatory if you ask me. But what makes it more interesting is not the effectiveness (god knows how many schools of educational approaches are sold to policymakers) but the resistance towards this way of learning. It is ironic how principals and superintendents promote and stress "learner centered" education but reject having kids explore, discover and experience the learning process. It seems like the "I want it now" attitude has taken the best of us. Why are we in such a hurry? Money? Death? If so, then you should not be making decisions for our children. Success can not be measured with a narrow mind.
I shall not be scared of guiding my students and discover together the intricacies that the world has for us.