About Gavin

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Gavin Sheppard belongs to a class of people that skipped class.

Languages

English, French

TED Conference

TED2010

Areas of Expertise

Youth Culture, Youth engagement and citizenship, Youth at-risk, Youth Crime , Youth Marketing, Youth Projects

An idea worth spreading

Get Money, Make Change.

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Music, Film, Books, Magazines, Food, The Struggle, The Good Life. Being inspired.

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Gavin Sheppard
Posted over 2 years ago
What are the advantages/disadvantages of learning models that exist outside of traditional educational institutions?
There can never be a benchmark on personality. Of course, I agree, who knows what will work for one person or not work for another. As an educator who is also an employer tho, I can't just depend on personality for the majority of the things I need accomplished. Personality can get you in doors but skills, the ability to learn and the ability to make deadlines is what keeps you in that door and making yourself at home. I see way too many kids coast by and even do alright based on personality until life hits them dead in the face.
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Gavin Sheppard
Posted over 2 years ago
What are the advantages/disadvantages of learning models that exist outside of traditional educational institutions?
Agreed. That's exactly the methodology we use at www.theremixproject.ca. It's a 6-month self-directed program with project leaders and industry mentors provided. We don't have any testing or examinations but rather "living plans" that we work from that evolve and grow as we do. The plans are generated by the young person with some in-put, support and critical thinking from the project leader at the beginning of the 6-month term after a week spent getting to know each other better.
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Gavin Sheppard
Posted over 2 years ago
What are the advantages/disadvantages of learning models that exist outside of traditional educational institutions?
I would totally agree with that. What comes into question is the initial reasons for exams...making sure students are not falling through the cracks or coasting by under the radar. To make sure they are learning and retaining information. Of course what children need to retain, how they learn, what kind of skills they need to survive and thrive in the world have evolved and is evolving still. So I agree, the old systems of grading and examination are out of date. But what is their evolution? and how do we localize the practice and evaluation to a level where it honestly engages with the individual but at the same time doesn't take an Orwellian infrastructure to maintain? I think the "continuous assessment of pupils/students practical work in the classroom" is definitely wiser but there is something in me that still feels benchmarks of some sort are needed as well.