View Full Version : D60 Move to 21st Century Learning

05-21-2007, 07:22 AM
I was thrilled to see in today's paper that Pueblo city schools were putting in new technology and teacher training to use it.

We have known for years that the old 'factory' style talking head classroom works for few of today's students. Encouraging and permitting students to work at their own pace using computer and internet tools is the only way to engage most students.

Schools were designed when information was scarce in the world and teachers were supposed to be the only way to get such information. In an internet age with information abundant we MUST dramatically change schools and D60 has begun that transformation for Pueblo.

Teachers are coaches, facilitators, motivators and fellow learners empowering the kids to learn faster, better, and teach one another (and perhaps the teacher about technology) is the way to go.

Teachers who shift to the new methods and tools will be empowered by the success of their students, and public education will begin to reclaim the respect so needed for everyone's success.

I first advocated computer assisted instruction based on a research study that I did for my MBA thesis in 1969 and am pleased to finally start seeing more students being helped by these tools. While I was on the Colorado State Board of Education, and later on the State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education I have been a strong advocate for just what the new Superintendent of Pueblo 60 is bringing to the children.

05-21-2007, 07:32 AM
We still haven't begun to contend with the 25% who come into High School without High School learning skills, and become either dropouts or in the most . . non graduates with little or no comprehension skills . . No other endeavor of mankind passively allows (and believes it's good) a 25% failure rate . . why do we allow it in the education system of this country?

Computer skills are great, if you can read . .

Digger Dan
05-31-2007, 06:00 AM
Way to go Large. It's interesting that many rural schools in Colorado graduate nearly 100 percent of its students from High School and then have a higher percentage of Collage graduates than urban schools----yet they are poor on electronic media and "highly qualified" specialists. Many teachers have to teach in many fields. They understand smallness and the benefits of same. The parents seem to understand education better than urbanites. What's going on---remember when rural people and their kids were called
"Hicks from the sticks." Large, I think one of the many problems of urban schools may be that the schools are too large.

05-31-2007, 07:43 AM
It's odd that we entrust the fundamentals to starting or inexperienced teachers, often as not . .

The first three grades of Elementary School are the most important, because that's where they learn to learn . . If they don't come out of the third grade with reading comprehension, basic math concepts and an understanding of learning, then you might as well take 'em out in the street and shoot 'em behind the right ear . .

I won't slight a system for trying to teach the contemporary technologies in the secondary part of the system . . but until 99.9% of the entrants into the system are competent at the third grade level, one would think that's where we would target our efforts . .

I dunno if size has anything to do with it, but we do know, at least in the elementary classes, smaller class size tend to get better results . . again, depending upon the abilities of the individual teacher . . and the teacher's ability to hold a student back if he/she hasn't achieved their targets . . many administrators will not allow elementary students to be held back, usually for "Political" reasons . . It's a barrel of snakes . .