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  1. Ray Archer
    April 15, 2018 @ 5:20 am

    It sounds like a concept that may work with motivated learners, but children are not aware of what exists out there for them to pursue. Their knowledge is very limited, and they wish to play rather than learn. Incorporating play into learning does not teach the value of work, nor does it prepare them for the real world environment of consistently showing up for work and giving sustained effort throughout the work day for their employer.

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    • Mark Wagner
      June 11, 2018 @ 11:04 am

      These are important points, Ray… and a focus on Student Agency isn’t easy, especially for students that are coming to school at a disadvantage already. But they are often the students who need it and could benefit form it most. It’s very much the role of the educator to raise awareness among students – to let them know what’s possible to pursue – and to help light the way. It’s also the educator’s role to encourage, coach, and otherwise manage student behavior to help them focus on their goals, and to help them realize the value of working hard on toward their goals, even if they sometimes don’t achieve them. With this in mind, I don’t think we should prepare kids for a life of drudgery just because that is what has come before… just as we believe that learning, even professional learning, can be fun, we also believe that work, even professional work, can be fun. We certainly embody that at EdTechTeam, and have seen many teachers (and bosses) exemplify this philosophy as well.

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