Friday, January 22, 2016

What Should They Be Learning?

In addition to starting to read The Power of Play, I am finishing reading the book Creative Schools by Dr. Ken Robinson. The book is a good discussion of issues that are facing educators today. Dr. Robinson includes some good thoughts about what schools should do (and provides some real-world examples of some of these things).

His discussion on curriculum was very interesting to me and still has me thinking. He lists eight competencies that schools should facilitate; what teachers do in the classroom should help students develop these competencies.

Curiosity – asking questions and exploring how the world works

airplane obstacles (Brick by Brick)

Creativity – generating ideas and practicing them

painting with oil (Brick by Brick)

Criticism – analyzing information, evaluating ideas, reasoning and forming arguments about these things

circle stamping faces (Brick by Brick)

Communication – expressing thoughts and feelings clearly through different media and in a variety of forms

communication table (Brick by Brick)

Collaboration – working constructively with others

floor board game (Brick by Brick)

Compassion – feeling empathy and acting on it

making a card (Brick by Brick)

Composure – developing a strong sense of self and creating balance within

rocking and feeding the doll (Brick by Brick)

Citizenship – engaging with society and participating successfully in it

cleaning the table (Brick by Brick)

I can see a place for all of these competencies in a preschool or kindergarten class (as well as a high school or college classroom). As I continue to think about how to act purposefully and intentionally, these competencies will come into play.

What do you think? Do you see these working in the curriculum you teach and the things you do in the classroom?

I haven’t quite finished Creative Schools. But it certainly is a thought-provoking book and fits nicely into all I’m thinking about at the present time.

2 comments:

  1. Just listened to his TED talk tonight for the first time. I think these are excellent areas of competence, that if like to develop in my own children, regardless of whether schools begin teaching them or not. I may have to read his book!

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  2. Just listened to his TED talk tonight for the first time. I think these are excellent areas of competence, that if like to develop in my own children, regardless of whether schools begin teaching them or not. I may have to read his book!

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