Research: Journalist Katrina Schwartz recently posed the question, “What would be a radically different vision of school?” She notes that with the growth of technology people will be expected to manage massive amounts of information since everything is at their fingertips. In such an age she suggests that the most important thing students should taught is how to learn as opposed to what to learn, “especially since the content or specific skills needed in the future are as yet unknown.”
Practice: Our teachers are skilled at discerning a student’s learning style to both teach to it and about it. Understanding one’s learning style is empowering–it informs how you take in information and expands the ways you can express what you know. These days it’s important to know where to access information, how to determine its validity, and be able to think critically and creatively about it.