Over-Throwing Education

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Episode 98: Let’s Learn And Teach In A Different Way

November 16, 2021

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There have been many discussions about how we can teach in a different way that fosters curiosity, critical thinking, problem solving skills, and discovery to demonstrate a true understanding and knowledge of concepts and material. Creating an atmosphere where teachers can get students engaged and curious is a challenge. The traditional tests and assessments administered in education at every grade are not indicative of what students actually know and understand. Quizzes and tests that ask students to regurgitate what they read does not necessarily mean they have mastered the material. Batsheva Frankel wants to help change the way we think about education. She hopes to influence how teachers can teach students in a way that focuses on authentic and creative assessments. 

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Key Takeaways:

How can we have the biggest, deepest and most positive effect and impact on education as a change agent? 

We need to change the model of how we teach and assess students allowing students to show what they actually know in a meaningful and relevant way.

Every student has different challenges learning and teachers can learn to teach in a way that engages students at every level. 

Tests and assessments are flawed as they do not truly demonstrate how well students actually understand the material. Can they apply the concepts in real life? Quizzes and tests that ask students to regurgitate what they read does not necessarily mean they have mastered the material.

The Lens of Questioning  is based on the business model, The Color Hats of Thinking. Each color represents a different kind of question. The lenses that we see things through. The framework is student-centered and it helps teachers and students ask a wider variety of questions, focus questions, get information they want, and it allows all students to participate in a discussion.  It focuses on asking questions in a manner that provokes curiosity, a deeper learning of the material and critical thinking skills.

  • Students, ask questions that you actually care about. Questions that are not easily found in the text.
  • Teachers, be open to questions that are outside of the box, encourage students to challenge themselves with more thought provoking questions that they truly are interested in.

Questions are the core of learning. Training our students to ask a great variety of questions of both the teachers and their peers creates a rich learning environment. Ask questions that lead to deeper learning.  

Standardized tests allow students who are good at research to find the answers easily. They are not teaching you anything. 

Teachers need to have permission to ask questions that require a deeper and wider range of learning. 

Students used to ask many questions when they were younger but as they grow older, they lose that ability as it is not encouraged in the classroom. 

Open yourself up to all kinds of people, especially people who are not at all like yourself . 

Education is a team approach and partnership with the students, parents and educators.

Advocate for yourself always in a nice and respectful way. 

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Meet Batsheva Frankel

Overthrowing education

Batsheva Frankel, MAT (masters in the art of teaching), the producer and host of the podcast, Overthrowing Education, is a veteran educator of over 25 years and the founder of New Lens Ed. through which she gives online and in person workshops, courses and coaching for universities, conferences, schools, and educators across the US and around the world. In 2017 Behrman House published her book, The Jewish Educator’s Companion. She is currently working on her second book which explores creative and authentic assessments. Check out her podcast on all podcast platforms and at www.overthrowingeducation.com

`Thank you to Batsheva for taking the time to join us today. As a change agent in education, you highlighted various methods for how students, parents and educators can work together to have the biggest, deepest and most positive effect and impact on education with a new lense into learning and teaching. Questions are at the core of learning. Training our students and teachers to ask a greater variety of questions will create a richer learning environment. The art of asking questions is to ask questions that lead to a deeper discussion, questions that provoke curiosity, and develop critical thinking skills. Every student has different challenges learning and teachers can learn to teach in a way that engages students at every level. 

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