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:
— Santtu Toivonen (@touqo) August 27, 2013
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.