"If we teach today's students as we taught yesterday's, we rob them of tomorrow" ~ John Dewey, 1944.
John Dewey was an American philosopher, psychologist and educational reformer whose visionary ideas have influenced education and social reform for over 100 years. Whereas, he may have never envisioned a world where students read ebooks in lieu of heavy textbooks, listened to lectures on their iPods, took notes on tablets, Skype with peers from around the world or tweet questions to their classmates and/or instructor, but he realized that education needed to change. His 1915 book entitled Schools of Tomorrow stressed that schools needed to revise their curriculum and provide students with the freedom to foster individual growth.
Have you accepted Dewey's Challenge? How have you changed your teaching techniques or curriculum to best prepare our students for tomorrow?
This month I pledge to share ideas to extend my classroom to a broader learning community . . . beyond the classroom walls and outside the traditional class schedule. Check back for ideas and resources . . . feel free to share your own ideas and experiences for how you have accepted Dewey's challenge.