This generation of iYer’s brings many “firsts” with them as a group into the 21st century. And as facilitators of their learning, our effectiveness in serving them multiplies as we seek to unravel the meaning of these “firsts.”
In a recent blog, Tim Elmore emphasizes that this generation of youth is the first who does not need adults to get information – they are always connected. This quote from Elmore’s post is brief yet full of meaning; it is truthful but motivates and excites me:
Consider how this difference changes the role of an adult. Because information is everywhere, we are no longer brokers of data. They don’t need us for information, but for interpretation. We must help them make sense of all they know. Our job isn’t to enable them to access data, but to process data and form good decisions.
You can either read this and be frustrated or read it as I do and get excited. Why? Because this is not a problem at all but an opportunity to get education back to its roots: giving students skill sets to live life successfully…beyond the walls of your classroom.
Help your students make sense of this life and give them skills to interpret it.This begins to get back to the essence of what it really means to educate.
Community Input: What ideas do you have for helping your students interpret life around them as they are in your classroom?