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Top 3 Things Students Need to Thrive Today #curriculumBCN

Here's the results of the interactive exercise during my talk on "Curriculum from the Classroom Up" at UNESCO Barcelona.   I asked:  “WHAT ARE THE TOP THREE THINGS OUR STUDENTS NEED TO LEARN IN ORDER TO THRIVE IN THE WORLD WE LIVE IN NOW?”  


The reason I am optimistic about educational change is becaue, whenever I ask this question, people come up with great insights.  We can build on these.  What's on YOUR card?

In 90 seconds, here's what people came up with.  It's a great start!


·      Personalize  (multiple intelligences)

·      Competency based

·      Collaborative learning

·      Curriculum is not something that should be created, laminated and mailed to schools from distant authorities who you will never meet.  Curriculum should be co-created between the teacher and the student.

·      Teaching is more than a curriculum so teachers should be trained in other methods

·      Learning by doing

·      Talk about competencies not subjects

·      Avoid IQ registers, develop multiple intelligences

·      Recognition of the prior learning rather than assessing people for every subject

·      Flexibility in curriculum

·      Move from what to think to why to think

·      Getting students to want to think

·      Taking ownership of the curriculum back from the .03%

·      Keep back importance vs. Knowledge

·      Focus knowledge

·      Do not obligate to a teaching strategy

·      Real world examples

·      Engagement/active learning

·      Language awareness (EX: UK students lack grounding to understand own language and learn others; no basis for application)

·      More experience

·      More flexible

·      More explicit rather than embedded

·      Shift competency-based education

·      Make time variable and mastery constant

·      Design for personalized learning

·      Change credentials/accreditation

·      Break silos

·      Bring work and school closer together

·      School to design the doing

·      Listen to the pupils/students

·      Invent accountability

·      Clarity of purpose

·      Dump the language of delivery

·      New vision of schooling

·      Relevant

·      Practical

·      Assessment

·      Change math teaching

·      Let teacher decide to grade or not

·      Allow flexible schedule

·      Introduce collaborative informal learning

·      Cross cultural discipline support

·      Get rid of standardized closed exams

·      Open curriculum (syllabus) and flexible schedule

·      Authentic activities

·      Alternative assessment (formative, not summative): decline testing

·      Interdisciplinary

·      Useful evaluations: Collaborative, useful evaluations




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I believe there are a set of skills, attitudes, attributes and behaviours that make learners successful. This is characterised by them being able to manage their learning environment to mee their learning needs. You can see more about Learning Intelligence or LQ here: