Today's School Means Less Lectures and More Learning
School has changed. At least, it’s changing. It’s less about showing up, and more about engaging. One of the most exciting things I get to do is observe our schools. The scenes I encounter are much different than what I remember when I was a student. Here are some of the key characteristics of quality education today:
Less homework, because the school day is more productive with small classes and individual attention.
Online curriculum has changed the need to be in a specific seat at a specific time. This has reinforced the fact that students can always be learning, regardless of time or location.
More thinking and less memorizing. Access to more information means more time to think and analyze, rather than useless memorization that will be forgotten once the test is over anyway.
Better use of space means more collaboration and a natural flow of ideas. Less rows of desks, more open concepts.
Less lecturing, more consulting. Students need guidance, encouragement, direction and support. Not lectures.
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Mark is the co-founder of Method Schools and SmartFox and has been working in the marketing and finance areas of K-12 education for two decades. He holds a B.S. in Business from Utah Valley University and an MBA from Brigham Young University. In his spare time he’s usually on his mountain bike.