“What matters today. . . is not how much our students know, but what they can do with what they know”
When I first read this quote, the word today stood out to me. This is showing the difference between education now, and education in the past. Although educators think they are teaching with the goal of students being able to ‘do’, I was still taught with the goal being to ‘know’. There is for sure inconsistency, but hopefully the next generation of teachers work toward the ‘do’ aspect of learning.
Tony Wagner said this quote perfectly. This is a huge topic in my EMTH 300 course. An example I can think of is:
If you know how to multiply, but you don’t know how to multiply tax to items you buy… What is the point of being able to multiply since you can’t apply it to very useful things in your real life? This example could account for many different things one encounters in their day to day lives.
Think about what it makes possible and impossible in education…
This makes it possible for teachers to really dig deep in material and not just stay on the surface. It also makes it feasible for students to learn skills that will help them be lifelong learners.
It makes it impossible for educators to teach as they have been for the past century. I’m realizing that the way I was taught was not successful for all learning types.
What does it say about the teacher, about the student?
This quote says that teachers need to adjust the way they are delivering lessons and think about WHY am I teaching this? Students need to be open and willing to learn and apply knowledge.
How does it relate to your own understandings of curriculum and of school?
After being exposed to the Saskatchewan Curriculum and it being in the forefront of my classes, I can see how this quote fits in with the 3 Broad Areas of Learning:
- Building Lifelong Learners
- Building Engaged Citizens
- Building a Sense of Self and Community
Each of these demonstrates how the student can take what they learn and apply it into their lives. I can see how my professors are encouraging us future educators to teach differently than in the past. Promoting the application of knowledge will create a better learning space for students in schools.