Guy Claxton shared these essential habits for 21st century learners at ICOT2015 conference in Spain
1. Organise and design your own learning
2. Think on your feet
3. Persist with difficulty
4. Manage your attention amidst competition
5. Question and check knowledge claims
6. Forming effective teams for work and study
7. Check and improve your own work
8. Adopt multiple perspectives
How well do we foster these habits of mind in ourselves and children?
From A School Principal’s speech at the graduation day.
He said “The Doctor wants his child to become a doctor………
the Engineer wants his child to become an engineer……
The Businessman wants his ward to become CEO…..
BUT a teacher also wants his child to become one of them, as well..!!!!
Nobody wants to become a teacher BY CHOICE” ….Very sad but that’s the truth…..!!!
He continues His story…
The dinner guests were sitting around the table discussing life.
One man, a CEO, decided to explain the problem with education. He argued, “What’s a kid going to learn from someone who decided his best option in life was to become only a teacher?”
To stress his point he said to another guest;
“You’re a teacher, Mrs. Singh. Be honest. What do you make?”
Teacher Mrs. Singh, who had a reputation for honesty and frankness replied, “You want to know what I make?
(She paused for a second, then began…)
“Well, I make kids work harder than they ever thought they could.
I make kids sit through 1 hr of class time when their parents can’t make them sit for 5 min. without an I-Pod, Game Cube or movie rental.
You want to know what I make?
(She paused again and looked at each and every person at the table)
I make kids wonder.
I make them question.
I make them apologize and mean it.
I make them have respect and take responsibility for their actions.
I teach them how to write and then I make them write.
Keyboarding isn’t everything.
I make them read, read, read.
I make them show all their work in math.
They use their God given brain, not the man-made calculator.
I make my students from other countries learn everything they need to know about India while preserving their unique cultural identity.
I make my classroom a place where all my students feel safe.
Finally, I make them understand that if they use the gifts they
were given, work hard, and follow their hearts, they can succeed in life.
(Mrs. Singh paused one last time and then continued.)
Then, when people try to judge me by what I make, with me knowing money isn’t everything, I can hold my head up high and pay no attention because they are ignorant. You want to know what I make..??
I MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN ALL YOUR LIVES, EDUCATING KIDS AND PREPARING THEM TO BECOME CEO’s, AND DOCTORS AND ENGINEERS……….
What do you make Mr. CEO?
His jaw dropped; he went silent