Wagner suggest that students have the “desire to multitask and be constantly connected to the net” which I completely agree with. Today all of the students are interconnected through facebook, instagram and other social media that they become experts and using all these different social outlets. The way these students have grown up, they use technology and the internet as a resource and learning tool. Wagner states “the use of the Internet and other digital technology has transformed both what young people learn today and how they learn”, and we need to use that tech to help create a more meaningful learning environment.
The text also suggest that “Schools need to focus more on projects and the inquiry method. They need to engage students with passion.” I could not agree more. Students will learn best if they come up with their own solutions to problems and methods. If they can create and explore mathematical ideas, they can come up with their own ideas and make sense of the math. Learning this way provides a deeper understanding of the content.
If I had to choose a school to teach at, it would be the Met. The reason why is because “Instead of having students take classes and maybe eventually figuring out what their interests are, we start with helping every student to find their interest and then build a
learning plan around it.” I love this idea to let students explore and figure out what it is they are interested in. I feel that too many schools are just producing carbon copy students who all take the same courses to get into college. Then once in college the student is supposed to make a decision that will affect them for the rest of their life, or waste a lot of time and money when they decide to change their major ( I had several friends change their majors multiple times ). By giving students that choice in what they want to take, They are tailoring the learning to meet their needs and also provide more meaning to what it is that is being taught to them in school.