The idea that our students should all produce the same product is dead.
Or at least, it should be. Gone are the industrial age of replicating the same widgets. Our future is about knowing HOW to use the information inundating our society everyday. In an effort to make something new, or solve new problems. So why are we still asking our students to focus all of their energy on creating the same products from a lesson? Instead, shouldn’t we be focusing on students understanding the process to how something works and then creating a new product by manipulating that process? Doesn’t that indicate true learning? Today’s Free Friday video segment explores the questions of process versus product and how to use both to measure student learning and growth.
Susan Riley is the founder and President of EducationCloset.com. She focuses on teacher professional development in arts integration, Common Core State Standards, 21st century learning skills, and technology. She is also a published author and frequent presenter at national conferences on Arts Integration and Arts and the Common Core.
Susan holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from the prestigious Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ and a Master of Science in Education Administration from McDaniel College in Westminster, MD. She lives in Westminster, MD with her husband and daughter.