The "Crisis of Significance" is introduced at the 7:50 minute mark of the talk. Dr. Wesch is talking about questions students ask in class.
Now he is talking about University students but man the same questions are asked in Grade 8 math.
- How many points is this worth?
- How long does this paper need to be?
- What do we need to know for this test?
All of this (I have only watched the first 8 minutes) is hitting home during this preseason before school starts. My students ask similar questions and feel the same way about school.
What can we do as educators to make the learning experience more pleasing and intrinsically motivating for students. I have been blogging and using wikis for 3 years and this will be my 4th. Still most students do not feel the intrinsic need to learn for the sake of learning. They are there to get a number on a test and a report card.
What is needed to get the majority of students to learn for the sake of learning?
My next few days will be all about trying to create a course where students ask questions when they do not understand a concept instead of just sitting there like a goldfish.
I have by chance thank you Alec and Dean been watching Dr. Wesch over the past 2 days. Perhaps you should too.
The talk that got me searching