Saturday, March 19, 2016

Shared Purpose in Learning

 Three questions needs to be answered for this subject.

1- What are examples of shared purpose you have seen or experienced?
The most exciting experience I have had in my educational journey was STARTALK on line and on spot workshop at Penn State in the year of 2010. As educators, we all were attending the workshop to accomplish the goal of improving our teaching methods by practicing how to teach Arabic language without using English in the classroom, and how to engage our students by implementing the 5Cs in our teaching. My best memory is the collaboration between the trainers and the trainees and the trainees with each others. The results were phenomenal, not just for me, but for all the teachers who attended the work shop and worked as a team.

2- What does it mean to learn with a shared purpose?
Learning with a shared purpose means to learn in connected learning environments. All students should share interests and contribute to a common purpose. In the 21st century, social media and web-based communities provide excellent opportunities for learners, parents, guardians, teachers, and peers in various and specific areas of interest to engage in shared projects and inquiry.

3- What are the implications?
 The strong sense of shared purpose leads participants to engage in collaborative work through reflection, dialogue, and inquiry which create the sense of sharing responsibilities for the learning of all students and adults in the school. It improves the students' achievement and prepares children for college, career, and civil life of the 21st century by becoming more capable of formulating opinions, more adaptable to different circumstances, more understanding of complex issues, and more able to find realistic solutions to problems. 

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