The 2018-2019 school year marks my seventeenth year at ACTC, and I am excited about beginning the new school year! According to a recent US Department of Labor report, 65% of today's students will be employed in jobs that don't even exist yet. What does this mean? Cross-cutting or interdisciplinary skills, such as critical thinking, collaboration, clear communication, creativity, and problem solving, along with learning how to learn, must be emphasized. Unfortunately, many classrooms today don't look anything like the workplaces students will soon be entering.
My goal is to place students at the center of their learning and shift the focus from me to them. I want students to ask questions, conduct research, engage in conversations, collaborate with peers, think critically, and find creative solutions to real-world problems and challenges. For the most part, students will not be assigned homework, nor will they complete traditional tests. Students will be expected to demonstrate their application of knowledge and mastery of competencies/skills through performance tasks, projects, simulations, and portfolios. I see my role not as a deliverer of content (Google and You Tube serve that purpose), but as a designer of authentic learning experiences and as a coach who guides and provides feedback to students.
Because classes are project-based, technology-infused, and student driven, students are expected to take an active role in their learning. Project-based learning can be challenging because students are building interpersonal skills, communication skills, leadership skills, problem solving skills, and time management skills, as they tackle a variety of challenges. However, most students find it very rewarding when they look back and reflect on what they have learned and how they have made their learning of competencies/skills "visible."
I'm looking forward to a great school year. Contact me (see contact information below my Bitmoji) with any questions or concerns.