TiE STUDENT GUIDE
At school, students usually spend their time working out answers that teachers (and examiners) know and expect. In our daily lives, there are many decisions where there is no one 'correct' answer. This includes in family life, jobs and politics. There are also many uncertainties in the 21st century, including what to do about climate change, how to adapt to the growing use of digital technology, and how to come out of Covid-19 in ways that ensure a world that is more equal and safer from future pandemics.
How can schools prepare students to tackle these issues? TRANSFORM-iN EDUCATION supports students and teachers to explore questions or topics where there is no one right answer.
We think of normal school work as travelling by plane or train: fast ways to reach a known destination. This is a useful way to travel to learn the valuable things that teachers know. Engaging with uncertainty is like setting out to explore by boat, where we don't yet know the destination. We may get lost for a while, but we may discover new lands, big or small.
Exploring difficult questions and challenges, where no one person knows the answer, is important for education and wellbeing. Doing it together with peers and teachers can help us to feel hopeful and able to take action.
Using creative activities can be a helpful way to explore what we think and feel about uncertainties. This can be difficult, but also enjoyable.
Engaging with uncertainty requires you to: