Possible Implications of Teaching Content in Isolation

Clif Mims —  2013/01/26 — 2 Comments

I encourage you to resist the temptation to dismiss this video as silly, as soapbox-ing, or not worth your time. Instead, watch the video in its entirety and reflect on its message.

Reflection

Reflection

I think the video sheds light on (and makes light of) some important issues in the classroom. I don’t agree that the Common Core is “the” answer. I’m not one to think a single approach is ever the best course of action. However, this video has engaged me in worthwhile reflection about learning, curriculum, preparing students for post-graduation, and more. I hope this prompts reflection for you, too.

I’d enjoy receiving your thoughts. I invite you to share them in the comments section of this post.

Related Resources

5 Questions about the Common Core by Yong Zhao

Through the Core – An Instructional Leader’s Journey through the Common Core by Robyn C. Trowbridge

ASCD and Common Core State Standards Resources

Thanks

Hat tip to Anna Clifford for bringing this video and the Through the Core blog to my attention.

 

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2 responses to Possible Implications of Teaching Content in Isolation

  1. Hilarie Dahlhauser 2014/02/23 at 9:33 AM

    I couldn’t help but laugh during this video, and not just because of the text-to-speech voices. This is the danger of teaching to the test and not educating the student. We are generating students that only know how to operate inside of controlled academic circumstances, and cannot understand how to apply their skills to the real world.

    I especially like the ‘Think Pair Share’ bit, they encourage that a lot in all my trainings. I do think it is a good classroom strategy, however. We just need to be very careful to explain that these are just that, strategies for the *classroom*. One of the TEM indicators that I always find helpful when planning my lessons is ‘students can apply material to real-world situations’. There is a real danger of missing this point when teaching foreign language. Students will approach the material as a subject to be studied rather than a way to communicate with real live humans, so I have to be very careful about pointing out exactly how they can use these grammar or vocabulary items with other human beings.

    I think this video does a good job of reminding teachers that we need to make the material we teach relevant to students in such a way that it can be applied to real world scenarios.

  2. Sam O’Bar 2014/02/26 at 2:59 PM

    Obviously this video may be a bit over-the-top, but the message is relevant. I think that one of the goals of education is to teach students to learn how to think critically. One way that teachers can do this is to teach them how to apply what they are learning to everyday life. If students only learn to apply it in the classroom, then they get little value out of the education.

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