Creating a Significant Learning Environment
A New Culture of Learning
Teaching vs. Learning
For most of the twentieth century, our educational system has been built on the assumption that teaching is necessary for “learning” to occur. Education is recognized as a process of transferring information from the teacher to the student. In the teaching-based approach, students must prove they have received the information conveyed to them and that they quite literally “get it” Thomas, D., & Brown, J. S. (2011). In the new culture of learning the point is to embrace what we don’t know and ask questions to learn more.
Shift to Holistic Learning
As a Digital Leader, I would like to provide a perspective on how a shift to a more holistic view of learning can bring about a change in learning environments. A new culture of learning leans toward a more holistic view of learning. A new culture of learning is focused on learning by involvement inside the world versus teaching about the world in which we live, so co-creating and changing Morbitzer, J. (2014). This new method is now possible through the support of our human abilities and technology combined. A holistic view will bring about a change with improvements in the intellectual and motivational potential of a human himself. New learning will allow for new cultures to emerge as they respond to surroundings, thriving on change and creating further change. Finally, it will change the environment by creating human motivation, shaping responsibility and allowing a discovery of passion to serve as a propeller of activity. Consider how many young teens have leveraged their brilliant ideas into major businesses online.
My Significant Learning Environment
I have been working on the implementation process for a blended learning initiative in my school district. This week I will focus on how I can help educators create a significant learning environment for their students. I was encouraged to read A New Culture of Learning where Thomas and Brown share several basic assumptions about the world and how learning occurs. They share what they believe constitutes a new culture of learning in a constantly changing world. Change has forced us to learn differently and as a result, new media forms are making peer-to-peer learning easier and more natural. Emerging technologies are making it possible to shape the collective nature of participation with our peers through new media Thomas, D., & Brown, J. S. (2011). As an Educator/Programmer and Analyst I can resonate with this as I have experienced learning through my digital learning communities. Digital learning communities are an example of the new culture of learning as it undertakes a maximum possible activity of learners. A new culture of learning is mainly for mindful learners; as it requires self-reliance, responsibility, involvement, passion and avocation to explore, discover and experiment.
It is our ability of learning that is our component of success as change content becomes outdated fast. We need ways to embrace change and eliminate strategies that resist change. A school is one of the few institutions relatively resistant to change. The design of the buildings undergoes a change; schools are filled with modern computer equipment, but the methods of teaching have hardly changed. Schools work upon schemes of at least two hundred years old; it preserves class lessons, a division of subjects, recognition of a common class size, and teaching all students the same, in the same time and conditions Morbitzer, J. (2014). The old ways of learning are unable to keep up with our rapidly changing world Thomas, D., & Brown, J. S. (2011). We need to rethink and amplify learning. Thomas and Brown focus on three components of learning and how it is easy, natural and effortless based on the idea of passion, imagination, and constraint. They conclude that the fundamental ingredient in creating the new culture of learning was “play”, which is a concept that combines all three components of learning.
In my effort to move educators toward a significant learning environment, I will work to help them embrace change and introduce a new culture of learning. This will not be an easy task. Teachers must grow to a new culture of learning as their role becomes radically changed, they must collaborate in the creation of professional and supportive learning environments.
I will also encourage educators as part of my initiative the first step they need to take is to set up an environment that allows for a culture to emerge. Computers, tablets, and electronic devices alone are not going to change the classroom. It is the change in the environment that will make the difference. The key to building a successfully blended classroom is based on building an environment of collaboration respect and trust. While creating such a setting, it is important to understand that the teacher is not the only expert in the room; in fact, students can know more than the teacher about some aspects of what they will be doing together. I will explain to educators a new culture of learning is based on a different interpretation of culture, one that will respond to its surroundings and the importance of not interrupting the process.
Play fuses two elements of learning: the information network and what Thomas and Brown refer to as the petri dish (bounded environment of experimentation) When the two elements: Information and Experimentation are brought together, it defines the new culture of learning. My plan is promoting playful learning through teacher networks.
The Impact of a Significant Learning Environment
Creating a Significant Learning Environment will influence my innovation plan by increasing our students learning potential. Students will apply their skills. They will be able to demonstrate teamwork and connect ideas. They will learn how to learn, by inquiring about a subject. The will acquire foundational knowledge, understand and remember information and ideas. Finally, they will develop new feelings, interests, and values.
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