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Comment by Thomas Whitby on March 28, 2011 at 11:06pm
Thanks so much for engaging our community on your presentation.
Comment by Alan November on March 28, 2011 at 5:15pm

Tom, Thanks so much for adding this video to the PLN.

A fifteen minute presentation format is a very short time to try to build a case for a big idea. My Ted Talk is about how the current culture of school typically underestimates the contribution that many students would make to solve real problems and to make a contribution to help classmates learn. Of course, a model of teaching to the test does not promote the kind of higher order problem solving that I try to outline in the talk. I am hopeful that authentic work and a culture of student contribution can co-exist (and not harm the political reality) with the current obsession with test scores.


I am very interested in what others have to say. Please consider responding to any of my questions and add your own.

  • What are the opportunities for authentic work for students within the current structure of school?
  • Can we really expect all students to make a contribution to the learning community?
  • How do we help teachers manage the shift of control to the students making much more of a contribution to their own learning and to the community?


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