Reflection on Today’s #edchat: Form a Project Team in the Classroom

Today’s #edchat topic was: “Kids know how they best respond to their learning. How do we involve their voice in education conversation?” Among many discussion threads flying around during the hour, one considered whether schools and businesses/companies could learn from each other.

Of course they can. At one point I blurted:

How to take this seriously and make the most of it? In worklife, it is natural for people to work in groups because they are experts of different things due to their education and earlier work experience.

Whereas with students, they have no work experience and their educational background is also somewhat similar, at least if as far as K-12 students. But still, they are not each others’ clones. We can take their personalities, interests, hobbies, etc. into account and form heterogeneous groups accordingly.

The teacher needs to possess special capabilities to make the most of this. The students are not one size fits all and the teacher should turn this into positive group dynamics. Note that this does not always mean that the kids do what they like the most.

Oftentimes it pays off in the long run to force people away from their comfort zones. This teaches them new skills and also helps to relate. This also takes place in business life: job rotation.

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2 thoughts on “Reflection on Today’s #edchat: Form a Project Team in the Classroom

  1. mrjosepopoff

    Perhaps we are taking the business model into education without even knowing. I think this is great! It is the kind of life that students will have to face after all, when they leave the classrooms and are inserted into the business world. But we must not forget the most important which is driving them towards their passion and abilities, as you have masterly expressed over here.

    There are some aspects about business that I would not want to instill into my students though. This includes anything having to do with competition and “survival of the fittest”; I believe we can help students to be COMPETENT without necessarily being COMPETITIVE. What is your say about this?

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    1. Santtu Post author

      I couldn’t agree more. We should bring the good things about business life to education, not bad things such as the dog eat dog competitive atmosphere. In fact, if the kids get to know business practices (such as collaboration, division of labour, management, leadership, and mentoring) in a positive environment, that might have impact on how they pracitice them later on when they are working themselves!

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