Professor Sidney Strauss is the Chief Scientist, Ministry of Education in the State of Israel and is responsible for research into learning and teaching particularly in the area of cognition and appropriate pedagogies.
We were recently discussing the imperative of changing educational models to reflect 21st century society and the needs of today’s learners. Sid made the point that if you can change the ‘mental models’ teachers bring to the classroom, then you open a whole new world of learning opportunities.
I also caught up with Anat Zohar, Director of Pedagogical Affairs in the Ministry of Education who is driving a change process across their system of schools. Every system leader can relate to the challenge of how you embed innovation and how you create a larger network of innovative schools that are relevant in today’s world.
They are looking at a three pronged strategic appraoch that focuses on teacher-learning and development. Click here for Anat’s explanation of how they are re-focussing teaching for understanding.