By: Laura Smart
Can students achieve greatness on their own? Within Petty (2009) there are three pain principles to achieving greatness. 67% of the worst days for students were connected to setbacks that they felt were in their way (Fullan, 2013). Are these setbacks always the students fault? Greatness within this post refers to the students reaching their fullest potential. The following three principles will explain how educators can assist their students in achieving and seeking greatness.
1. Achievement is reached through setting goals
Young people are expected to develop knowledge on current digital tools, learn by independently finding new information, having the ability to apply new learning to their life, and creating direction to their own learning through developing independence (Prensky, 2010). Check out Education Week Teacher’s article on setting successful goals. Setting individualized goals will assist learners in reaching success by developing self- initiative.
2. Achievement is gained through feedback
Feedback needs to be provided in multiple ways that the learner can receive constructive criticism and positive feedback on what they did well. Using tools such as the five listed on life hacker . Tools that could be used are screen-o-matic, Jing, Screnflow, Camtasia, and CamStudio. Educators can also look at informED for tips on how to provide good feedback. Good Feedback gives students the confidence and success to develop their learning through a positive growth.
3. Reconceptualization of learning
The role of the teacher and students has changed drastically. The chart below shows the changes in the roles for both the teacher and student (Prensky, 2010):
|Teachers New Role’s||Students New Role’s|
Fullan, M (2013) Pedagogy and change: Essence as easy. In Stratosphere, p 17-32. Toronto. Ontario: Pearson
Petty, G. (2009). John Hattie’s table of effect sizes. In Evidence-based teaching (2nd Ed) (pp. 60-70). Cheltenham, UK: Nelson Theories.
Prensky, M. (2010) Partnering. Teching digital natives. Partnering for real learning , 9-29. Thousand Oaks, CA” Corwin Press.