This is post by Ritchie Wong a final year education student in Hong Kong about his experience at 21CLHK.
1. Know Our Learners
This is what Dr. Alcock proposed: to design a truly student-centered curriculum, is to truly understand who our students of today are. Listing 7 qualities of the contemporary learners (as shown above), exemplified by how differently various generations approach to text-messaging, she has reminded me of what a student told me—when I asked the whole class to give one piece of advice for every teacher in Hong Kong: ‘If you want to know whether your teaching is effective on us, just imagine you were learning as we do, and you will know it.’
2. Stop any excuse, teachers!
The victim of a heart attack would never refuse the necessary treatment because he/she ‘has no time’. Our students would never learn to reflectively fail with style, and stand up again, if their influential models (us) did not do the same. A parent would never tolerate teachers – who are responsible for preparing their child for the uncertain future – if they did not fulfill their commitment because they are self-constrained in their comfort zones. As cliched as it sounds, nothing indeed is impossible if the heart to make a difference is strong enough.
3. The world is assessing you, you and you!