In the push towards student-centered learning models, there is one role that we have not filled. It is time we hired the Student Experience (SX) Designer or the Learner Experience (LX) Designer, both titles work. This is a nod to the User Experience (UX) Designer, a relatively new field that has blown-up in recent years and is in high demand because every company must address customer needs in order to stay competitive.
I told you I was going to keep this short so I will. Banning cell phones will not help shitty teachers, or dusty-ass classrooms, or dry curriculum. Banning cell phones will not increase teacher student relationships, student engagement, and achievement. Y’all think kids weren’t “zoning out” in class way before cell phones and instagram and snapchat and iMessage? Johnny ain’t picking up the material, nor is he engaging in that same class regardless of whether or not he has his cell phone with him. Banning cell phone issues will not fix our classrooms. Better teaching will. That has always been the answer.
It’s not easy to make changes from physical teaching places to child-centered learning spaces. It’s even harder to shift practices, values, and beliefs associated with teaching age-based classes to those essential to creating viable, multi-age learning experiences. It takes time for teachers who have “owned” a room to learn how to share space, plan, and teach together.
…ws time to ask them? I’m so tired of cramming for exams only to forget everything the next morning. In real life, we have unlimited resources. The internet, the library, our peers. Instead of sitting in a room for an hour bubbling in a Scantron, why don’t we get together with our classmates and use our resources to work through a complex critical thinking question that relates to the real world as well as the subject. That is how you grow minds fit to solve world hunger, and etc. That is how you engage students, and cause them to be enthusiastic about a certain subject. I’m not saying schools should take away testing and homework, I’m saying they should make it more a…