|Young military member engaging in JIT Learning|
|Engaging learning through a weekly reality|
iPod show to teach JIT skills to store associates.
Although this quote is almost twenty years old, many K12 school systems still focus on students memorizing facts and low-level content instead of helping students get good at learning content and mastering concepts as a means to solving problems and answering challenging questions. Some may argue that policy or lack of resources don't allow for these necessary shifts in a scalable way. Yet several models have emerged over the last twenty years such as Big Picture Learning Schools, High Tech High and some traditional district schools across the country that have shifted some or most of the learning to just in-time style learning.
So the questions remains, how might make school feel more just in time vs just in case so that students are ready for the careers of the future?
Dintersmith and Wagner (2015) offer these core pedagogical approaches and principles that align with the just in time style of learning:
- attack meaningful, engaging challenges
- have open access to resources
- struggle, often for days, and learn how to recover from failure
- form their own points of view
- engage in frequent debate
- learn to ask good questions
- display accomplishments publicly
- work hard because they are intrinsically motivated
While it may seem daunting to take on all nine of the suggested approaches that Dintersmith and Wagner pose, having a bias for action and starting to design the school of the future (at all levels from policy down to classrooms) needs to happen now.