Earlier this week, I shared this question on Twitter:
What's the one thing you think your students will need from your class 10 years from now? #edchat #mathchat #lastinglearning
— David Coffey (@delta_dc) January 18, 2013
This has been on my mind recently thanks to increased focus on the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Also, many of the teachers I work with are concerned that students are struggling to find purpose in the mathematics being taught.
While I was not expecting a response, I was grateful that some people were willing to share their perspective (such is the nature of Twitter).
I found it interesting that none of these responses focused on any particular content. Granted, this is a extremely small, (probably) biased sample. Therefore I thought I would open up the question to others who might like to participate. You can leave your thoughts in the comments or write your own blog post.
What's the one thing you think your students will need from your class 10 years from now?
For what it is worth, I currently think productive discourse is the most important thing students can take away from my class. I agree with Brian Cambourne when he writes:
Learning, thinking, knowing and understanding are significantly enhanced when one is provided with opportunities for 'talking one's way to meaning.'
That is why I am less concerned about the CCSS than how they are implemented. Am I giving students opportunities to discuss, examine, and consolidate ideas so that they might be more easily transferred to other situations?
But wait - this principle applies to us as well. So let the discussion begin! Thank you in advance for engaging in productive discourse.