Friday, January 28, 2011

Refresher course in PYP

Months ago I had come across this very familiar video sent to me by a twitter friend. I had glanced at it, marvelled at genius of the animator and sighed.
Today, at the PD session, I was pleasantly surprised to see the same video presented in a context that I could relate to: International-mindedness. How do we make our students more aware of the world around them and nudge them from being passive observers to problem solvers of the world. Our children are growing up in an age where things are in a constant state of flux. What we teach them now may not be valid later. Do we need to focus as much on the individual needs of children as in the curriculum? Where do we find the time? How do we get teachers who are uncomfortable with IT to teach their students web 2.0 tools. Later web 3.0 tools! Is it necessary? The pace of life is overwhelming and teachers have a huge task ahead of them(at least those who want to make a difference in the life of the kids). What is the role of education in context to creating a child of the future? Is education the only thing that shapes a human being? The video is amazingly fast and one may get distracted by the visual bombardment. But seeing this repeatedly makes for some great staffroom discussion nonetheless!

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