Friday, June 15, 2012

Something Works in this Model






Driving home from Innovations in eLearning - it struck me that our desire to organize in "classrooms" with the sage on the stage and all that may fill some more deep-seated need.

The resistance to other models might be more viceral and emotional than lack of imagination / fear of change and the other reasons we throw around.

Heck - I just spent 3 days at a technology conference where I spent 8 hours per day listening to a lecturer/facilitator/expert/mentor/coach in a classroom/lecture hall / meeting room.
Often while talking about the evils of the "classroom model".

I'm absolutely certain Mark Oehlert has thought about this a heck of a lot more intelligently than I have.

I just get the feeling that something else has been getting satisfied through the "old" ways of doing things.  Maybe something fundamentally human.

"Change will come when the pain of staying the same is worse than the pain of change." 
- unknown
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 (This was the session that triggered this thought)
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Image sources - because attribution is awesome.....

Native American storytellers from biggerbrighterbolder.blogspot.com

Neanderthals around the fire from  http://blogs.smithsonianmag.com/hominids/2011/10/neanderthals-made-for-mountaineering/

Ancient Greek classroom from http://www.ehow.com/info_8343924_socratic-methods-classroom.html
 
Classroom from http://www.acespace.org/blog/2012/01/climate-change-denial-hits-the-classroom/education-in-the-classroom/

Computer Classroom from http://www.sinclair.edu/about/locations/englewood/photos/

Second Life classroom from http://www.glennstevens.biz/research.htm

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