On Watching the Clock: Student-Centered Review Session

By Natalie Oshukany|March 23, 2015|Class Recap, Reflection|2 comments

Despite my best efforts, I ran straight into one of the major concerns our class discussed regarding implementing student-centered learning in the classroom: time. The very nature of student-centered learning means that we must be flexible with our precious class minutes: more voices are incorporated into the mix, more ideas are picked up, and the path of learning can be less predictable (read: more exciting). All of these factors make

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Reflection: Finland Does It Again!

By Cathy Davidson|March 23, 2015|Reflection|0 comments

What’s in that water in Finland?  First they abolish standardized, summative, high stakes testing —and come out in the top 5 in all numeracy and literacy categories on the PISA OECD tests.   Now, they are getting rid of subjects in schools:  http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/finland-schools-subjects-are-out-and-topics-are-in-as-country-reforms-its-education-system-10123911.html The subjects we now use to organize the disciplines, fields, professional schools, methods, tools, and all the other silos of higher education were almost all designed in

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