Last Friday would have been Albert Einstein’s 135th birthday. To mark the occasion, MindShift ran an article entitled Why It’s Imperative to Teach Students How to Question as the Ultimate Survival Skill.
Let’s start with the growing importance of questioning. Perhaps the best evidence of this can be seen in today’s high-tech world. The leaders of Facebook, Amazon, Google, and a number of other leading companies are known as consummate questioners who constantly ask, Why should we settle for this? and What if we try something different? A number of the top executives in Silicon Valley were educated in Montessori schools, where their curiosity was given room to roam at a young age.
Good article. I know it’s sometimes hard to slow a lesson down to allow for the questions that need to guide students’ thinking. We want to “get to the point already.” But we need to remember that oftentimes having students come up with their own questions really is the point.
Melissa Cleland sent in this link to a Huffington Post article, 10 Reasons Why Handheld Devices Should Be Banned for Children Under the Age of 12. Scary stuff really. Author and pediatric occupational therapist Chris Rowan makes some valid points which she supports with research, And I agree with what she writes. I think we should be VERY careful about screen use with children 5 and under. Agreed. We need to be more active, and technology can certainly feed a sedentary lifestyle. Agreed. Technology can become an addiction. Agreed.
I do not, however, believe all technology is created equal. Some uses are better than others. I think there’s a big difference between a student using an iPad to create an animated story as opposed to using that same iPad to play Game of War. Our goal needs to be to use technology in creative, thoughtful, meaningful ways. And then provide plenty of time for other things. It’s all about balance – something I think we do well at Summit. Here is the author’s slideshow, Creating Sustainable Futures for all Children with Balanced Technology Management. That’s it for this week. -karen house