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david pinto

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Combine Khan's content with self-discipline system in schools.

Current pedagogy emphasises "child-centered" learning which rightly puts the learner themselves at the centre of the learning experience. When asked who the second most important person in a class is, most people opt for "teacher". This is a mistake. The second most important factor in a class is the kids around that learner. That is, the social dimension. There are thirty centers of learning in the classroom.

I have been a maths teacher for some ten years, and I developed a self-discipline system in my classes which resulted in the emergence of socially responsible behaviour. I call the system Educare. Techniques to improve listening, collaboration, and creative skills emerge from harmonious learning environment.

I am glad Khan appears to be so sociable. His emphasis on the "flip" where videos are homework leaving school time for peer-to-peer education, is superb. That's the bleeding edge right there.

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    Mar 16 2011: I agree that the other learners in the room are the key levers to any sort of socially constructed learning. But the next question is how...
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      Mar 16 2011: The one room country school. There the older students would help the younger students figure things out. In the process the older students knowledge of the subject was being reinforced. The downside of the one room school was that it was hard to teach the more specialized subjects beyond reading and writing there. One of the ways to do get beyond that problem was through correspondence courses using snail mail.

      How to get back to the one room school's strong points? Simple. Encourage kids in the classroom to help each other out. Stop calling it cheating.
      • Mar 25 2011: I completely agree, Martin!!!

        STOP CALLING IT CHEATING!

        Both at school and at university I have learned more from my peers and by explaining stuff to my peers than from classes and teachers themselves. I don't mean to say that some form of individual testing shouldn't exist, but I think collaboration and spontaneous teamwork have advantages within and much beyond education! And I am not talking traditional "find a team and do a project" teamwork. I am talking of an environment where sharing your knowledge and skills in one subject can win you much needed support in another. When solving a problem together adds up to much more than what individuals could have learned on their own. Where you don't want to be "first in class", but better than you were yesterday, and with more friends.
        But in order for this to exist, cooperation and collaboration have to be seen as legitimate and desirable!

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