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From Knowledgeable to Knowledge-Able by Dr. Michael Wesch
I found Dr. Wesch's discussion very inspiring. His theory on having students be knowledge-able versus knowledgeable is very unique. Students often become disgruntled with school because they feel they are just memorizing material and are learning meaningless facts that will not help them in life. Dr. Wesch attempts to improve this by encouraging a different type of learning. Dr. Wesch suggests that students need to learn how to find, sort, analyze, and create knowledge instead of just memorizing facts. Dr. Wesch showed a series of inspiring videos that demonstrated that ability to use the new forms of media to create positive change in the worlds. Using media to promote positive change is what students should be learning how to do. Teaching ways to attack real life problems should be encouraged in the classroom.
After watching Dr. Wesch's Ted Talk, I could not agree with him more. As a history teacher, I am well aware of the student's typical distaste towards the subject. Knowing this, I try my hardest everyday to not only make the subject matter engaging and interesting, but relevant to current issues. Every single lesson I create is related to current events to demonstrate to students the importance of the subject matter. I am not a fan of using quizzes or cumulative exams as a form of assessment and instead create projects that force students to use the skills they learned in class and apply them to real world issues. Additionally, my educational philosophy is progressive, meaning that I value the student over the subject matter. I strongly believe that students should have a say in what they learn and that requires me, as an educator, to encourage them to be knowledge-able and not simply knowledgeable.
Learn more about Dr. Wesch's theory on knowledge-ability by watching the video below.
Wesch, M. (2010, October 12). From Knowledgeable to Knowledge-able [Video file]. Retrieved from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LeaAHv4UTI8
Teacher candidate at CSU, San Marcos.
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