THE Message “I DON’T Know, SHOULDN’T Exist”!
Do you allow students to answer a question with the response “I don’t know” in the classroom and do you find yourself ALSO sometimes in that situation? Consider no longer allowing that phrase and instead offering up this answer:
===> There are NO problems, ONLY solutions! Let’s find and create the solution together! <===
First of all, check the quote below, please, and THEN start THINKING about on How-To this could be realized, anyway WE will learn NOW how WE could create an engaging and creative way for STUDENTS and for OURSELVES as Teachers and Educators…
THERE Are NO Problems, ONLY Solutions
Easy to say isn’t it!? BUT when WE have an up-to-date Professional-Development on new pedagogy and when WE know ALSO the appropriate tools, then WE are able to respond to it on a professional way ;)
As “Nobody Is Perfect” and as WE can’t have an answer for anything, Teachers, Educators, Students, so here is WHAT I did in the last 10 years when giving courses:
On the very early beginning when I gave courses I ONLY wrote down the questions on a board which everyone in the room could see and it wasn’t wiped out till the answer was given, where I couldn’t give a direct reply to the learners and told THEM that I would make some research about it to ask the question(s) in the next course, what I did also then. It was a reminder for ME and ALSO for THEM! Later, as I updated my Professional-Development, I learned about “Curation” and I curated everything concerning the new pedagogy, tools, Critical-Thinking and especially Proactive-Thinking and I learned it on a daily base…
Creating websites ALSO, I learned and used FAQ lists ===> “Frequently Asked Questions” <===
How-TO Engage Everybody, Teachers And Learners?
As already mentioned ===> “Nobody Is Perfect“. <===, so WE, Teachers, Educators and Students, have every time (OH YES that happens…) a question WHERE we can’t answer it directly! SO… As WE know that this happens on both sides TEACHERS and STUDENTS, WHY not trying to resolve it TOGETHER! Let’s create a win-win situation WHERE both sides benefit from it, sounds great isn’t it ;) Is THAT possible and HOW!?
First of all, please, check the video below:
YES, it is possible, follow my instructions below please…
Let the students, learners, OWN THEIR learning and WHEN there is a question who couldn’t get answered directly give THEM as home-work to make a research on the internet to find out about that question, to find the answer(s). You as teacher, educator do the same and later on you compare your work together…
Discuss about the value and quality of the acquired research results and use curation and/or a FAQ’s list to have the answers at any moment accessible over the internet. YOU will build together a database which will grow and be available ALSO for any internet user; YOU will participate in global community intelligence! Use YOUR pedagogical background to give positive feedback on the students work: diligence, Critical-Thinking, creativity…
Show the students, learners THEN the different possibilities and tools to archive the questions and answers and let THEM decide which one THEY would like to use and if THEY would like to do it ALONE and/OR in a TEAM!
===> THEY will feel proud about it as THEY build it UP and for 100% sure THEY will show it to OTHERS and THEY will learn through it (and OTHERS ALSO…)! <===
Later on, don’t forget about SHARING it with the global community on Social-Media (Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest…).
Here, below, a screenshot about a Glossary which my learners (range from 13-79 years old…) created themselves under my coaching on my website about Cyber-Security, 11 years ago already! THAT was a great success for the learners and for me, THEY still can access the database today ;)
The chosen languages from the learners where German and French…
Curation, WHAT Is It And WHY Using It!?
First I was wondering about this new trend and was not sure what to do with it, but after some research on the internet about it I found out that curation to me is the best way to collect articles which I select through quality criteria, which I can archive under different topics and which I find easily back through the “Tags”, as the “Tags” play the role of a table of content. For a Life-Long-Learner like me curation is like a treasure of knowledge and information that is getting shared through the online community. Through curation one has the possibility to FREE online learning and through sharing it to create a community with the same interests. Curation could also save people of same interests a lot of time and provides them with valuable content which could get used to link back to them in written articles, blogs, web sites and social media sites. Also one learns from each other in the curation community as one has the possibility to follow interesting curation.
As an ICT course instructor most of my curation is related to educational content and so I provide the curate content to an educational audience and to people who are willing to learn. Therefore I see curation also as help for a collective global learning and a contribution to a collective intelligence.
Check out my curation to find out, please:
FAQ, WHAT Is It And WHY Using It!? Make a list of possible questions that learners could ask, be prepared!
For new teachers this will be the hardest part, for “oldies” that would be easy anyway as they know already the questions which would get asked even before the course starts, experience… But anyway, I suggest to create a FAQ‘s list online, on the internal server and/or an a server where your blog is hosted. Why? You would have at any time and from anywhere where ever you are (and your learners) access to it to revise it, very important! I suggest also that you ask your students to help for creating such a FAQ’s list, engage them! They will learn to learn…
Creating a FAQ’s list, but how? I am not used to that, what is your advice? There are different ways to create a FAQ’s list:
- You can do it by using tables (easy way even for non-programmers), check my example in French here please:
This list will be a great tool for yourself who saves you a lot of time when once created, show it to your learners and every time you would have access also to it: So once a question is asked, switch to that resource on Internet and/or on a local server…
Sounds strange, the word “Proactive-THINKing” to You, DON’T know How-To use it!? Here in one phrase explained:
=> THINKING WHAT could happen and being prepared to it already, PLUS avoiding that it would happen! OR even sometimes use it for THAT things happen! <=
It is a progressive way of THINKING, updates are on a daily base for BETTER knowledge! THINK ALSO ===> SUSTAINABILITY <===
Related links, OR from where does come my knowledge:
My keywords for helping me to create this blog: database, FAQ, curation, updates, best search practices, thinking for other ways as curation as well, creative homework, Proactive-Thinking, Critical-Thinking, creativity, engagement, cross-knowledge, learning how to work together, collaboration, win-win, quality, 21st Century skills, EdTech tools, quality courses, preparation, Learning-To-Learn, including pictures and videos, valuable resources and links, let the students own their learning, student centered learning, engage-me video,
Stay tuned for next blog and a NEW adventure of LEARNing ;)