Day 151 (of 185) quick thinking about ‘the future’ of education
Our yearbook team had a couple of big thinking questions for me. I could’ve gone on for many pages, but….I tried to keep it focused….!
School in 10 years
a question for you: what do you see education looking like 10 years from now?
Education will continue to be more personalized. I think we will shift further away from letter-grades connected to how well you did on tasks, and move towards a badge/certificate/”level up” method of celebrating what learning has been mastered and setting a target for “whats next”.
Will there be more online, at home education going on?
I think there will be more “asynchronous” learning being done. This means that there may be more learning taking advantage of online methods, including video and virtual/augmented reality. Imagine being in the middle of a historical event to see what it was like! It may also help students who can’t get into a school still be involved in the learning community (FaceTime into a classroom!)
Will schools have as many students?
I still believe schools will be full of students. A central hub for collaboration (student-student, student-teacher) will continue to be invaluable. It’s just likely that students won’t necessarily all be doing the same things at the same times. I believe the partnership between students-teachers-parents will continue as we spend more time focused on ongoing-descriptive-feedback-loops which focus on individual learning growth, and schools will be a great location for that to happen!
As an additional part, our staff is also exploring what our schedule might be evolving to….less bells and more breaks….influenced by the work done in Finland (60 minute periods: 45 work, 15 break) so our early draft (still to be vetted by unions, senior leaders, and our learning community) looks like:
We are intrigued – and this came up as we need to adjust our grade 8 schedule to accommodate more minutes of instruction, so we are looking at this as an opportunity to acknowledge a lot of what primary classes do that research says can benefit learners of all ages!
Thoughts? Feel free to “poke some holes” in this possible ‘schedule of the future’!