As an inexperienced teacher I would often hear teachers say “Kids just aren’t the same these days.” I’d think what are they talking about? Maybe it is time for them to update their instructional practice.
Nowadays, some 20+ years later, I find myself saying “Kids just don’t learn the same these days.” Their tie to the screen has impacted how they learn. So, are the kids the same as they were 20 years ago? In many ways yes. But now we need to ask a broader question: Are they learning the same? I think not.
There are a host of reasons to support and explain how students learn today. I believe that we need to shift our educational practice not to compete with the electronic screen but to meet the needs of our new clientele, by challenging, expanding, and enhancing their educational experience.
How can we do that? I’m not quite sure. I do know we can not keep teaching the way we have been teaching. We need to embrace the educational shifts that are upon us.