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Pages: 3937-3953
Publication year: 2015
ISBN: 978-84-606-5763-7
ISSN: 2340-1079

Conference name: 9th International Technology, Education and Development Conference
Dates: 2-4 March, 2015
Location: Madrid, Spain

THE FACILITATOR - SHOULD WE TRUST OUR CHILDREN WITH TAKING RESPONSIBILITY?

R. Farhangi

Club Dynamique (FRANCE)
When I started teaching Math and Physics in high-school 2 years ago, I did my job like most teachers do. I prepared lessons at home, delivered lectures, assigned homework problems and kept this process under tension through frequent testing and grading. It worked relatively well, but I was not yet satisfied, because I felt that a majority of my students were bored and disengaged.

After a year of intense research, frequent group reflection with my students and continuous prototyping of various learning approaches, the class is now living a radically different experience. Lessons and homework are optional; explanations are only offered on-demand, mostly through videos; exams and grades fully disappeared, except for the ones imposed by the system.

My vision on how to effectively generate engagement within students has transformed. I used to trust our grading incentive system to keep the students under positive tension to achieve excellence. I now trust the students themselves on fully assuming responsibility for their learning and their life. More importantly, beyond becoming a different teacher, I feel like having grown as a learner; living this experience with my students helped me to become a more humble and sincere person.
This book aims at fueling a debate on a simple question which I encourage the education community to think about. Students, parents, educators, administrators: can we and should we trust young people with being responsible for their own education and life path?
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title = {THE FACILITATOR - SHOULD WE TRUST OUR CHILDREN WITH TAKING RESPONSIBILITY?},
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R. Farhangi (2015) THE FACILITATOR - SHOULD WE TRUST OUR CHILDREN WITH TAKING RESPONSIBILITY?, INTED2015 Proceedings, pp. 3937-3953.
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