As an educator, a father, and a human being, I am always confronting change. I have often wondered what information, skill, talent, or perspective I need to learn to be successful and find contentment with the continually shifting state of life. A PBS Parents article by Katie Hurley focuses on educating children on cognitive flexibility. As I read Flexible Thinking: How to Encourage Kids to Go With the Flow, I realized the tips can apply to many educators as we face the dynamic landscape of ed-tech.
The article starts off with an anecdote about a boy charging out to recess to play soccer only to find the game has been changed to kickball. He is unable to cope with the change due to his cognitive inflexibility and spends the rest of recess sulking. How can this apply to education?
There is no greater divide between perception and reality, between training and practice, between expectation and realization, then in education. The first few years of teaching are a revelation to theory learned in the classroom. Furthermore, the job is so dependent on variables like institution, student body, faculty group, and even more basic things like time of year and time of class. Technology has emphasized this chasm even more as core structures and assumptions are challenged.…Read More