Initial Inspiration – Why Blog?

As a self-proclaimed TED Addict, I’ve been reading TEDBooks for a while, and today I came across an incredibly relevant one, Why School by Will Richardson.

The author hit the nail on the head when talking about our form of education and the need to radically create new experiences for our students, those which would force them to think for themselves, to come up with their own curriculum based on the material they need to discover. As a student who used to suffer from cramming and regurgitating, and an instructor who craves intellectual stimulation, I was absorbed into Richardson’s message and sought to dissolve right into the folds of this text (an impossible task as it is an e-book!).

Starting this blog was also inspired by Richardson as he proposes the following steps to “rethink education”:

  • Share everything (or at least something) – hence I started this blog!
  • Discover, Don’t Deliver the curriculum – couldn’t agree more!
  • Talk to strangers – slightly scary, this one…
  • Be a master learner – the need to “learn, re-learn, and unlearn” as he puts it
  • Do your work for real audiences
  • Transfer the power – note to self. Do a little more of that in my classes.

Finally would like to leave you with Richardson’s question, why school? Why do you believe our students should spend so many years of their lives in a classroom? is it simply to pass a standardized test? or is there more to it?

You can also watch Will Richardson’s TEDx Talk here:

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About Reine Azzi

An instructor who teaches so many different courses at university! Best way to remain passionately challenged! I'm also the licensee, curator, and host of TEDxLAU which adds so much excitement to my life!
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3 Responses to Initial Inspiration – Why Blog?

  1. Abir Ward says:

    Thank you for the blog Reine. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.
    “Unlearning” has been something I’ve been doing in my classes where I help student get rid of forced concepts before building up opinions based on critical reading and critical thinking. It’s very challenging but rewarding at the same time especially when students feel smarter, accomplished, and more convinced of their “new” opinion which they can now defend better.
    We as teachers have to continuously learn with our students or else we’d become static. I enjoy learning as much as I enjoy teaching, and this keeps me alert, informed, engaged, and, needless to say, young.
    I salute your efforts every day πŸ™‚
    Keep the wise words coming πŸ™‚

  2. Sara Sibai says:

    I have been toying with the idea of creating a blog for such a while now…This has really helped create an instigator in terms of the ‘why’!
    On a different note, your words have really got me thinking about new ventures I’d like to delve into in my life…thank you for sharing…something today (yesterday?!). It has made a difference to me.

    • ReineAzzi says:

      Thank you Sara! That means a lot! Basically, reading and doing work is now much more methodical when I think of sharing it with everyone else. The heightened awareness of an external reader makes a world of difference. Can’t wait to read yours! Documenting your own experiences does matter.

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