|Relationship with educators||Students are employees, required to obediently follow instructions.||Learners are citizens with a vested interest in the learning society.|
|Relationship with other “Students”||Students are competitors||Learners are collaborators|
|Motivation||Obligation: Students are culturally obliged to work for the teacher & for compensation(below)||Responsibility: Learners are motivated by an understood and realized “value” in their work, especially when it is valuable to others.|
|Compensation||Institution defined grades and gateways to college (another institution) and a good job (another institution)||A sense of ongoing accomplishment that is not delivered but earned, and not symbolic but tangible and valuable — an investment.|
|Mode of Operation||Compliant, group-disciplined, objective-oriented, and trainable||Persevering, self-disciplined, group- and goal-oriented, resourceful, and learning in order to achieve rather thanachieving learning.|
|Equipped||..with packaged knowledge and tools for recording packaged knowledge — prescribed and paced learning||..with tools for exploring a networked variety of content, experimenting with that content, and discovering, concluding, and constructing knowledge — invented learning|
|Assessment||Measuring what the student has learned.||Measuring what the learner can do with what has been learned.|
One of the problems that I struggled with, as I was writing and ordering these qualities was that I wanted to put assessment, for the student, at the top of the list — and assessment, for the learner, at the bottom. For the student, assessment is king, in very much the same way that quality control is such a critical part of the manufacturing processes. But assessment, for learners, is much less obvious, and at the same time, it is much more integral to the learning. Assessment for classrooms of learners is the enormous amounts of qualitative data that is collected by the teacher (and other students) on a minute-by-minute bases.
Assessment is also, and this is what I find most interesting, not a “right” or a “wrong” — a check (√) or an X. It is a simple self-asked question, “Did that work?”
Which are you in Physics? other classes? Are we evolving? Which is better? Which is Mr.Shircliff? Which does he want you to be?