We concluded the excellent On The Rise K-12: Enhancing Digital Learning symposium today, and perhaps two dozen people came up to me with the same, interesting remark: the “feeling” of OTRK12 was really, really positive, especially compared with other gatherings of educators.
I discussed it a bit with a few people and came to a conclusion that might explain the difference.
When you go to a subject association conference you meet a lot of people who have “solved” teaching problems. They have instructional approaches that work (for them). They have (perhaps) a strong idea of what, precisely, they want students to learn. They have years, maybe decades, of experience with experimentation in their classroom which inform their practice now. And this is all good, to a large extent.
The problem is that each of those people has a different solution to the problems of teaching math or chemistry or geography…
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