Matt Dale

Teacher and Coach, The Open School

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Who do I contact about joining the learning and education revolution?

After much thought and preparation, I have decided that I am ready to pursue the opportunity to begin and enact the learning revolution. I have been teaching for 8 years and am ready to do my part to create an educational system that truly taps into the incredible potential of our young people. I am willing to move almost anywhere to make this happen and join people with the resources and determination to effectively change the education paradigm. I emailed this same question to Sir Ken Robinson, but I just need to know if anyone else out there can point me in the right direction.

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    Apr 16 2011: You don't have to move anywhere to pursue opportunity to participate in the learning revolution. Change is needed everywhere, and recognition for the need of change is the only prerequisite to become involved. Keep talking about it, working with kids in the best way you know how and try to bring non-educators into the conversation. For me becoming involved meant starting a school myself (as a mom not as a teacher). We have been operating now for 28 years with innovative and creative programs - solving problems one student at a time. It really takes just listing to the kids, inding out what they want to learn, and then finding ways they can learn it. In Alberta, Canada we now have Alberta Education working hard for change with "Inspiring Eduction". For the first time in 28 years I am encouraged that educational reform will happen.
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    Apr 6 2011: When you find an organization that is formed and ready to plug in hard-working, frustrated teachers, let me know.
    I have answers to share and know many teachers do also. The world is just so big and
    the challenge of changing education the biggest challenge we must face or we (America) are doomed to slide down into a pretty ugly pit.We have to get involved because as much as many want to blame teachers, we are the only ones in the trenches that have real answers.
    My work with my students and some other schools that are trying is is about the only thingI know I can influence.
    Get Real! a journey of self-discovery and life planning for teenagers...
    would love to know what you think.
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    Amy Li

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    Jun 21 2011: Here is a list of remarkable educational endeavors worldwide:
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    Apr 6 2011: If you find something that answers your question, please post it, or send it to me.

    Do not let optimism champion rationalism, I mean this in the best possible way, elitism is embedded into this education system it would take a huge wave to change. A wave I think about often; for it scares me to think we are really going to keep going on this run away train of an education system while the right people who genuinely do make a difference are either not realizing it's awful or do not care due to profit. That goes for EVERYONE, why does someone professional have to dictate that education is terrible? Piece it together yourselves.

    Significant change in education is must, spread this message.

    I would enjoy to be paid badly if I knew I was teaching "how to think" and not how to "follow directions".

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    Mar 29 2011: it's important to not give to much or to little information when teaching. Not having to many students. and constantly listening to what the students think around the subject there own thoughts and how they feel about things.

    One must first learn how to think before you can pusj information in their heads otherwise it only becomes facts. But if they spin the facts around in their heads and thing about stuff like. why would anybody want to do this or what did he feel to make him do this etc.

    The brain also needs to process the information it gathers befre taking in new information. You cant put to much in because it will just overflow and how much is lost then ey ? Also these holes when overflowing makes it harder to learn in the future, and this leads nowhere.

    Also you need to teach people that they dont have to believe everything, it's their minds it's theier knowledge now and what they do with it is their choice. Also bringing more than one perspective is important because knowing more perspectives makes you able to make your own perspective wich you later can share with the rest of the class.

    Just think of a whole class learning about something and every student is sharing their information, wheter it be metaphores or just facts it will bring lots of things to the table when they all work together to learn not just every man for him self.

    Sorry if i'm bad at explaining my thoughts hope you understand how Im thinking.
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    Mar 29 2011: Diane Ravitch says "speak up". Check her out on youtube.

    You are a teacher, listen to your children. What do they want to do, how do they want to learn? As teachers we need to tap into our children's interests. Let's start the revolution...let's start teaching the children. We did this more than 10 years ago at a school in Colorado and we had amazing results. Let's work towards a truly child centred learning approach. Let's begin the journey and share it with the world. I look forward to hearing what you do in your classroom and the impact it can have on others, most importantly, the children you teach.
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      Mar 30 2011: I am doing some interesting things in my class now (unique approaches to learning), and would love to hear what you did at this Colorado school.
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        Mar 30 2011: It is difficult to summarise what we did at the school I worked at in Colorado but I’ll make an attempt.
        We found out each child’s strengths and needs and taught to that. We let the children write what they wanted to write, teaching an individual child what he or she needed to know. We let children “have a go” and used their approximations to let us know what the children needed to learn next. We focused on the writing process (from “Dancing with the Pen”) and celebrated each child’s published work.

        We used shared and guided reading. We used whole class teacher demonstrations of reading, writing, researching and finding out. The children engaged in the same process the teacher demonstrated. The teacher modeled various genres over the year.

        In mathematics, we opened the learning environment up by giving the child a mathematics topic to investigate. The teacher modeled her own investigation on a topic, for instance geometry. The children then did their own ‘investigation’ such as manipulating plastic shapes then making a recording. The teacher worked with individual children to help connect what they knew to the associated language of mathematics such as addition or subtraction. We celebrated each child’s contribution as a Mathematician (again, difficult to summarise).

        I’d love to hear more about the unique approaches you are using in your classroom. These need to be shared so we can all contribute to the learning revolution. I’m sure that what I was involved in doing in Colorado is the same as what you are doing (and more) in your classroom now… over 10 years later.
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    Mar 29 2011: just drop by and cheer you up!!! run Matt run!
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    Mar 28 2011: Look into TED-ED. Potential is boundless.
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      Mar 30 2011: I joined, yet nothing has come of it yet. I think it will.
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        Mar 30 2011: Agreed. Let's hold on for a bit. I think they are overwhelmed.