Jul 31, 2013

Real Need or An Excuse? Is Less More?


In The Evolution of Education Is Less More?

"There is something to this idea of less is more. For a teacher that can’t prioritize, organize, or integrate, more isn’t helpful or supportive, but rather an endless, wide-open and formless space."

I worry about "there's an app for that" syndrome. Which seems related to the need to constantly move on to the next cool tool.

Similarly I worry about always searching for the next book/article/post/tweet to read, thinking it might have "the" answer.

If we are consumed by consuming those apps or readings, what will we produce ourselves?

I like the idea that if a teacher/facilitator/administrator cannot easily show what they AND their students have created (ideally published on the internet), even if it isn't polished/final, then they are victims of their own mindset. How do we help ourselves distinguish whether it is a real need, just a perceived need, or an excuse for not getting on with the job?

2 comments:

Sara said...

This appears to be a significant challenge for many - myself included, at times...especially when it comes to reading articles, books & blogposts.

Your point is well made and I would add lessons and strategies to the list, as well.

If we are "consumed by consumption" and continue hopping from one thing to the next, what hope do we have of developing a sense of fluency with any one of them?

mb06bps said...

"For a teacher that can’t prioritize, organize, or integrate, more isn’t helpful or supportive, but rather an endless, wide-open and formless space." Were you thinking of me when you wrote that?!? Just kidding...hey look at that SQUIRREL!!!!