Sunday, March 30, 2014

Blog Post #10

What can we learn from Sir Ken Robinson?

In Sir Ken Robinson's video, I learned that teachers need to create environments and learning conditions where children will flourish. Students all have different learning styles, and just reading and writing down facts does not work for every child. Robinson gives the example that you can give two children the same exact thing and get two different results from each child. For example, one might show an interest in the assignment you have given them and excel, while the other will have no interest and barely get through the assignment. By creating an assignment that has multiple parts or by using technology, you can create a lesson that will be interesting for all students. Robinson suggest that your teaching evolve and that you customize your lesson plans and how you teach based on your students needs.
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This goes along with project based learning since you are getting the children involved and have multiple ways of teaching students subject matter. We should continue to tweak our lesson plans we have students do in order to make lessons more interesting and keep it up to date with the technology that is used. At the end of the video Robinson leaves the viewer with this thought, "Everyday, everywhere, our children spread their dreams beneath our feet and we should tread softly." I like this thought because it reminds us that we are responsible for helping children achieve their dreams. We need to provide material in the classroom that will benefit all students and help them all succeed and grow as a person.


  1. I like that your post mentioned the main focus of educators- to provide children with the tools necessary for them to achieve their dreams. This was a reminder of the influence each lesson can have and the importance in adapting to each child's needs.

  2. Being able to provide students with multiple ways to interact and become engaged with content is definitely the best way to draw out each child's potential. When I taught robotics, I was always pleasantly surprised at how many different ways students would arrive at a solution. Your analysis of project based learning being an effective means by which to not only involve students, but to maximize their potential as a whole person was spot on. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Providing an environment that encourages students to have creative freedom and to flourish is very important in creating students that flourish and lifelong learners.