Follow the following link, http://thejournal.com/Articles/2010/06/02/Technology-Teaching-Tomorrows-Thinkers.aspx?Page=1, to access the article for the following review.
I found this article particularly interesting because of its take on how students think and how teachers teach based on how students think. In the article, “Technology & Teaching Tomorrow’s Thinkers,” Ruth Reynard addresses how there is a different thought process for each type of content area and how not everyone knows how to think scientifically, historically, mathematically, etc. Students need to be taught to think like a scientist or historian. For each discipline there are specific methods for teaching how to think within that discipline and technology is a tool to aid in that teaching, rather than a replacement for the thinking. Reynard also addresses how technology provides students global platforms to share and collaborate their thoughts and ideas while learning new perceptions, which is also a tool to help change how students think about a specific discipline.
Reynard’s approach to this topic is interesting to me, because she challenged me to think about technology and student’s thought processes differently. I always assumed that if you are not a math person, then you will probably never grasp it. She really made me think about how to “teach” thinking within my own content area. This is a concept I have never visited, because I thought that how people think could not be changed. In addition, Reynard gave some great information on how to use technology to encourage students to stretch their thinking and challenge themselves to learn new things.
I believe that it is crucial for students and teachers to challenge themselves to think in new ways, especially if they have always believed that they couldn’t before. This is a fascinating topic and one I will be investigating further. I want to know how I can encourage my students to stretch their thinking. I also want to know how to approach teaching the thinking process within my content area, because it is hard for me to think about it when I already know how to think about it (clear as mud?). As an educator, I believe that this article and how I’m processing this article relate to the five core propositions as proposed by the NBPTS.