I just finished watching the Dan Pink TED talk and I was really blown away with the educational implications of what he was saying (especially with how we grade/assess students). Do yourself a favor and take 19 minutes and watch it... my guess is you will be happy that you did. When you watch it, do this substitution in your head: when he says "business" you say "schools", or "education". A few questions/observations I made when watched this. I would really enjoy hearing your thoughts:
- Are we currently (and be honest) preparing our students to solve the first or second candle problem?
- Meetings are optional
- Traditional grading methods might work for the second candle problem but not for the first...
- Amen, intrinsic motivation is self-sustaining. How do we foster intrinsic motivation in students?
- Meetings are optional* (I have to say, I like this one A LOT!)
- "If you want engagement, self-direction works better" Do school leaders foster self-direction in teachers? Do teachers promote self-direction in students?
- If you want to increase student performance don't do more of the wrong things... look for a whole new approach.
- How do we create an environment that is more right-brained, creative and conceptual? My guess is that whatever we do here our system of assessment will need to change.
* Learning is social though, so I don't think he means don't gather and talk... at least I hope not. I don't like meetings but appreciate meaningful discourse.