so you want to learn how to practice being
a better world educator?
good. here is a little inspiration
to get us started!
have you ever wondered if
teaching is a worthy career?
To think effectively about this doubt, we need to ask a big question:
What is the role of an educator?
When we look at the systems around us, the answer is simple: everything.
Teaching has been how we pass on everything we find valuable to the next generation.
That's a MASSIVE responsibility.
A responsibility that requires us to think anew about how and what we teach.
As teachers, this leaves us with another big question:
do we want to pass on how to maintain the world that is,
or work alongside youth to create the beautiful world that can be?
by the end of this module..
we will have thought about the challenges that teachers face,
the people who are proving we can take another path despite all obstacles and fears,
and we will explore what you can do in your own work to become
as effective as possible at helping youth become storychangers!
we will explore how we can rethink both how and what you teach,
so you can become the most engaging, inspiring, and empowering teacher possible.
no matter where you are now,
you'll be a few steps closer to becoming a better-world educator!
Years ago, someone had a thought: what if we put a computer in a community in India where kids had never used the internet? What would happen?
Since, Sugata Mitra has been at the forefront of thinking about what learning means in our world today. Things are changing, fast.
He can help us learn about how we can adapt to the most effective ways youth learn!
teaching is not easy.
you're not alone in thinking it's difficult to be effective.
teachers have the hardest job on earth, really. think about it.
teachers have the task of preparing everyone to do everything we need to get done.
(if that sounds easy, you should definitely become a teacher.)
best practices for maximum effectiveness
Some of us didn't have an engaging, inspiring, and empowering teacher when we were in school. If that is true, then how will we know how to be engaging, inspiring, and empowering when we teach?
As teachers, we need evidence of what works and what doesn't. We need examples. We need best practices. We need encouragement.
This case study from Singapore can help us begin to explore which paths we do and don't want to take as teachers. It can help us see which strategies might be helpful for youth to reach their full potential.
Resources for extra learning:
If we want to be effective, we can't simply assign reading to youth -- we have to read as well!
quick quiz (coming soon)!
(don't skip this! especially if you give your students quizzes!)
so, you want to be a better-world teacher.
but have you ever thought about
what that really means?
is a teacher's role to simply pass along information?
do we have a responsibility to inspire? to help youth learn to learn?
to be caring mentors when youth need it most?
what is our role in inspiring youth?
how can we start with why when we teach?
material rewards work for the short term, but don't sustain.
how can this approach help us create
a bigger impact?
can teachers also be friends with youth? how?
how could this improve learning outcomes?
are we helping youth
truly find meaning?
how can we be there for every child?
do you help youth find superpowers?
across the world, every child has something they can contribute to the world. it's just a matter of us being there to remind them a better world is possible.
what can you do to help youth find their potential to make an impact?
or, what if we gave youth space..
to teach themselves?!
no child left behind?
have you ever worked with a student who you thought was too difficult?
are we using empathy in these situations? are we taking the time to understand the world of the child? how can we do this better?
are we truly empathizing?
youth have dreams. adults do too. sometimes they're hard to discover.
for youth, we have a role to play to show them they can create the world we all have dreamed of for too long.
sometimes the best action..
is no action at all?
or maybe we can try engaging through creative play?
do you feel ready to get started?
here's a reminder of just how important your mission as an educator is.