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09/07/2015

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Tonia Gibson

As we become more adept at identifying the needs of individual students - simply 'delivering' a curriculum to a room full of kids becomes null and void. Why re-teach some students something they are already proficient in? Why hold back some students who master an idea or concept quickly?

Our current methods and structures do not meet the needs of a student population who are becoming more aware about themselves as learners - who are increasingly more aware of their own abilities and areas for improvement and WANT to be the best they can be!

Differentiated and Self-Directed learning will only occur once we break the shackles of our current system and structures and really give students an opportunity to become partners in learning and teaching.

What an exciting idea - restructuring our education system to suit the needs of our 21st Century students! Allowing teachers to not only teach the necessary 'nuts and bolts', but to become facilitators of creativity and innovation with students as partners in learning.

I'm SURE our kids are ready for it! (But are our teachers and administrators?)

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