This week I got together with my Think Tank for my Wicked Problem Project. We brainstormed questions revolving around the wicked problem of Rethinking Teaching. After spending some time looking at the problem from several different standpoints – stubborn teacher, student and policy maker, we came up with three different sections to look at overall:
- Teacher Preparation
- Use of Technology
- Effective Assessment
These were the three main topics that came up as we ran through all of the questions we came up during our question brainstorming activity in week 3. After participating in the roundrobin discussion, we decided to prioritize our questions and came up with the following WHY questions:
- Why can’t the teaching and questioning be put into the hands of the students and away from the teacher?
- Why can’t traditional education change to be more hands-on?
- Why can’t there be more support to help teachers experiment in the classroom?
- Why are laws based on student performance on standardized assessment proficiency?
- Why can’t teacher performance be based on collaboration throughout the district or based on teacher creativity or teacher-student relationships?
After breaking our generalized topic (rethinking teaching) into specific questions my further research this week based on these questions has shown me how important this topic really has become as the 21st century has changed the way students gather information and work in a classroom setting. I even came across an article from The Atlantic that questions the whole role of the teacher in general and asks the question of whether teachers are even necessary anymore. I am curious to see what the teaching profession could even become as rethinking education is a topic on the forefront of many policy makers and educational institutions in the United States.