ROI was never something I had to worry about back in the day. If I made to 3:30 with nothing getting set on fire and all 135 middle schoolers accounted for, I checked it off as a major success.
Return on Investment? ROI? I’m not even sure the term had been invented yet. And if it had, I would have had no idea what it meant and how the idea might apply to my classroom.
For anyone without the MBA degree, ROI is a basic business concept that measures the efficiency of an investment of time and/or money. The higher the ROI, the more efficient the investment. Spend $10 on lemons, sugar, and the time to craft a cardboard sign. Make $60 selling lemonade. The ROI is $50. Nice job.
Spend $10. Make $5. ROI is negative $5. Time to go back and rethink your business model.
And back in the day, ROI would not have been something that educators would have worried about. The business model of school was different. Kids showed up. Kids sat in rows. Teacher talked. Kids copied down what the teacher said. Kids memorized what they wrote down. On Friday, teacher asked students to write down what they memorized. Teacher assigned a grade. Repeat.
The world of school is different now. We’re not following the traditional model of kids in rows and teacher centered instruction. (At least we shouldn’t be.) And ROI needs to be a part of this new world.
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At the recent EdTechTeacher iPad Summit held in Atlanta, Greg Kulowiec asked a simple question:
Is the iPad a solution or problem?
It’s a great question. There are tons of people jumping on the iPad bandwagon and I’ve suggested before that many of them are hopping on with their eyes closed. It’s a shiny tool that attracts a lot of attention. But is all of the attention a good thing? Greg says maybe not: Read more
An assessment researcher said once that
The role of the learner is not to passively receive information, but to actively participate in the construction of new meaning.
B. L. Shapiro, 1994
I would not disagree with that at all. In fact, much of the recent buzz in the K-12 social studies education movement has focused on the idea that kids need to be doing more and sitting less.
Thinking more. Analyzing more. Evaluating more. Creating more.
But if the role of social studies students is to actively participate in the construction of new knowledge, it sort of raises another question, doesn’t it?
What’s my job?
Complete the following sentence:
The role of the teacher is not to _________ but to __________.
There comes a time in every man’s life when he has to say goodbye.
It’s never easy. We try to be brave but it’s hard. Knowing we’ll never be together again can be rough.
Guys. You know what I’m talking about. The day you have to throw away the t-shirt you won in that 1992 softball championship. Maybe it’s that awesome hoodie you got back when you and your buddies used to go skiing every year. Or it’s your favorite pair of jeans.
That’s me today. I’ve had these jeans for maybe ten years. Comfortable. Broken in. They have been the go to pair of pants for a decade. But at this point, even I have to admit perhaps they’re just a little too broken in.