Time THE MOST Important Factor Neglected In EDUcation!

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Time THE MOST Important Factor Neglected In EDUcation!

NO Framing in EDUcationWHY do I mention the word “Time“!? EVER thought about on How-To people learn!? Some are learning very quickly and others need MORE time as OTHERS to understand! BUT THEY ALL have to follow THE same scheme and rhythm in EDUcation, sounds strange isn’t it😉

Personally I am one of those who are learning AND understanding very quickly, BUT as I became an instructional coach (instructor) with certified (by Luxembourg Government) pedagogical background (four months tailored pedagogy training with and about ICT) in 2001 I went (a NEW adventure…) to give courses to adults, seniors, youth, classrooms, EDUcators, TEACHers in 2002 and I had to learn myself about THAT magic word <===> Time <===>!

Well, I learned very quickly THAT one size DOESN’T fit ALL and THAT time plays a MAJOR role, especially for adults and seniors! I adjusted my courses constantly and in 1-2 years time I was ready to give my learners, students, the BEST possible learning… I adjusted constantly (as I am a Life-Long Learning person) as soon as I had learned some NEW stuff, so do I still today (even being retired…). WHEN MY brain is adapting quickly, so OTHERS will benefit from it ALSO, in another time period which I have to adapt to it, it’s possible with good will, patience, motivation and engagement…

I have given my (pedagogical/andragogical) courses in an OPEN place (NOT school), called <===> Internetstuff <===> in Luxembourg (Europe) to adults, seniors, classes, EDUcators TEACHers on a coaching way up from 2002 to 2011 with GREAT success. I had the time to observe the learners, to analyze how THEY reacted, acted OR NO action at all; I was learning the behavior of my learnersKnowing someones behavior makes it more easy to teach (coach) persons individually and so the learners are learning much more quick also!

My audience were learners from 11 to 79 years old, YES also 79 year old persons learned about the use of a computer and the internet and the basics of Cyber-Security to protect them. Sounds strange that 79 year old’s can learn that!? It is possible, as I did it with them… One needs to have a lot of patience, THE factor <===> TIME <===> and they will be able to learn AND to understand it!

I didn’t use <===> Pedagogy <===> BUT <===> Andragogy <===>, the theory of <===> Adult-LEARNing <===> and that works perfectly. please read my blog post below:

The learners got first taught about the use of the keyboard and straight after the use of the internet, especially the way on How-To create an email. So they were able to exchange their email addresses and to communicate to each other from the learning group, which I encouraged them to do so as PracTICE.

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I didn’t start any other lesson with the Learners till they had understood completely the previous lessons; well that took a bit more time as usually BUT it had it’s benefits for the further lessons as they could learn much quicker once the basics understood. It is like an exponential curve…

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What else did I do to accelerate the learners learning? Well, in any class there is at least one who is learning quicker as others; so profiting from this and giving that particular person already an extra lesson which it can learn and sharing its knowledge then with the peers. By working in teams and by exchanging the learned with peers ALL of the learners learned much quicker. My over 9 years experience showed me that it is possible to reach +/- 96% of success for <===> understanding the learned <===> and that is the MOST IMPORTANT <===> understanding! Persons WHO have understood the learned have BETTER competency as others!

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I had ALSO two ladies mid forty in my learning team who were trying to find a new job and never had touched a computer. Both of them were coached individually to get the right ICT competencies to work in a modern office. And both found a job in 2004-2005, whereby one of them is actually earning more money then I do, as she climbed in her career😉

SO, as you see the factor time plays a BIG role! Give YOUR LEARNers, students time and they will learn to become competent!😉 If possible make the lesson build on PracTICE and try to arrange the lessons in a sort of <===> Problem Based LEARNing <===>, remember the quote of <===> Confucius <===> “Tell me and I’ll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I’ll understand”. This wise man was right!

Thus meaning: make “THE problem” resolving over a whole “School Year” and coach YOUR LEARNers, Students; analyze, adjust, reflect, analyze again and ask for feedback, create “FAQ’S” (Frequently Asked Questions” together WITH YOUR LEARNers, Students; make it a collaboration work!

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Reflections and advice for BETTER

[START text from Are Distinct Disciplines and Time Blocks the Way to Go in School?We know that separating learning into discrete subjects and time blocks is not the best way to prepare kids for the real world. [END Text from Are Distinct Disciplines and Time Blocks the Way to Go in School?] Read the complete article below please:

SO, as knowing this, WOULDN’T it be BETTER to organize lessons THAT WAY: e.g. let us take history; one lesson of history about whatever subject followed by an language course (English for example…) WHICH is treating exactly the same knowledge by teaching vocabulary, history parts (snippets) about what was taught in previous lesson and later the learners, students would get asked to create a blog post about it and to make ALSO some curation about the treated topic!? Let us take a look on the image below please to understand more:

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Synthesizing Mind-5 Minds for the future

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Well, I think (Deep THINKing…) that such organization and intelligent use of  following courses with the same topic would deepen the knowledge of the students, learners and bring out understanding of the taught! On the same way the learners, students will GET skills of blogging and curation as well as searching skills and Critical-Thinking (to find BEST resources…)…

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And as most of YOU know me already, I like to incorporate some music videos, enjoy it😉

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GUST-AVRIL2014-800px-2L’auteur Gust MEES est Formateur andragogique / pédagogique TIC, membre du “Comité Conseil” de “Luxembourg Safer Internet” (LuSI), appelé maintenant BEESECURE, partenaire officiel (consultant) du Ministère de l’éducation au Luxembourg du projet  ”MySecureIT“, partenaire officiel du Ministère du Commerce au Luxembourg du projet ”CASES” (Cyberworld Awareness and Security Enhancement Structure).


The author Gust MEES is ICT Course Instructor, ”Member of the Advisory Board” from “Luxembourg Safer Internet” (LuSI), BEESECURE, Official Partner (Consultant) from the Ministry of Education in Luxembourg, project “MySecureIT“, Official Partner from the Ministry of Commerce in Luxembourg, project “CASES” (Cyberworld Awareness and Security Enhancement Structure).

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Stay tuned for next blog post(s)😉

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Keywords necessary for me to create this blog post: LEARNing To LEARN with ICT, Technology is ONLY a catalyst and facilitator, Pedagogy first!, knowing How-To use Technology to enhance, engage facilitate LEARNing, CREATIVITY <===> ThingLink, Professional Development, TEACHers, LEARNers, Andragogy, Adult LEARNing, Peer To Peer LEARNing, Collaboration, Global Collaboration, Coaching, Social Media, Twitter, Twitter Chats, Forums, Professional EDUcators TEACHers, BEST PracTICE, Information Literacy, Profile of a modern school leader, LEARNing Path, Growth Mindset, eSkills, eLEADERShip, digcit, Digital CitiZENship, ICT, RESPONSIBILITY for community, time, PBL, Problem based LEARNing, Andragogy, Pedagogy,

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