On 8/07/14, answer these inquiry questions wrote:
> I am considered a much requested master teacher. I find these
> posts to be a sad indication of the downfall of our profession.
> Of course, if one is to oversimplify the task of learning, the
> claim can always be made that providing a circumstance can
> facilitate a child learning. We can not compare a toddler
> learning to walk, which is developmentally a musclular task,
> with higher learning, and more sophisticated mental tasks.
> Simply put, we have many studies that clearly show that teacher-
> led, directive lessons produce students who outperform students
> in classrooms that feature inquiry based learning. Look up the
> wealth of studies that have proven through testing and
> measurement the amount of "learning" a student can accomplish in
> a class with a dynamic, teacher driven method. My students
> don't get into groups and learn from each other what they all
> don't know--get real. This is why private schools, which favor
> more traditional instruction, outperform the product of public
> schools. I am appalled to hear such faulty logic to defend
> methods that project the teacher as a useless ornament in a
> classroom where, supposedly, the students are floating around in
> groups learning from each other. Why not resign your position,
> and allow uncertified aids to prompt students to engage in such
> a fashion. You don't go to a tax accountant, a doctor, a golf
> pro for lessons only to hear that you learn by discovering the
> answers. Really? What a sad commentary on our schools today,
> and sorry for the students having to find their way in such an
> inefficient system. If a student learns this way successfully,
> in fact, they never needed such a "teacher" to begin with. Why
> contain them to the four walls of your classroom. Send them out
> in to the world where they can use inquiry learning and
> discovery to learn far more. You are merely holding them back.
> On 8/07/14, Valerie wrote:
>> I too, am not entirely sure with the purpose of you questions
>> and comments but I'm in total agreement with what you say and
>> love the quotes you used. I teach in Ontario, Canada, where
>> full-day Kindergarten is just in the final year of roll out.
>> Full Day Kindergarten is being adopted, in many boards, with
>> a strong play-based/inquiry based approach. I've heard the
>> term Reggio more times in the past 3 years than I've ever
>> heard in my life. We are being strongly encouraged to ease
>> away from our traditional 'teacher' role, and
>> become 'partners' in learning alongside our children. One
>> thing that I have noticed is the push to throw away any
>> programs that we had been using in the past (e.g., phonics
>> programs such as Jolly Phonics). We, as teachers, are
>> embedding learning in more authentic ways. We are abandoning
>> themes in favour of inquiry, which allows the children to ask
>> questions, do research, plan, collaborate with their peers
>> and be involved participants in the inquiry process. I love
>> it and find the children to be so very positive and motivated
>> towards learning. I am looking forward to a new school year
>> and to see where it takes us.
>> On 8/06/14, JAE wrote:
>>> Feedback please :)
>>> this is my view on 'teaching' as I don't believe we are
>>> there to attempt to teach children anything, but only there
>>> to provide opportunities in which they can learn at their
>>> own interest and readiness.
>>> What are we 'teaching' ?
>>> So you're a teacher?
>>> Ask yourself this, what do you teach?
>>> And your answer? Well maybe you would answer: I TEACH
>>> children, I TEACH adults, I TEACH Maths, I TEACH Physics, I
>>> TEACH English. . . well let me distinguish. . .
>>> How? How you do you TEACH these things?
>>> According to the dictionary to teach means "to impart
>>> knowledge to or instruct (someone) as to how to do
>>> something" Well I guess the next question would be who
>>> needs to be taught? Infants? Toddlers? Children? Parents?
>>> Adults? Sisters? Mothers? Fathers? Brothers? Who?
>>> Everyone needs someone to teach them right? Wrong.
>>> Why not? It's really quite simple. . .
>>> Children don't need to be taught to walk, but they need the
>>> space to take their first steps and the motivation.
>>> Children don't need to be taught to talk, but they need the
>>> opportunity to be involved in conversation
>>> Children don't need to be taught about the environment, but
>>> they need the opportunity to experience creation
>>> Children don't need to be taught to be polite, but they
>>> need the opportunity to experience positive communication
>>> So you see the difference, teaching vs. providing
>>> As humans we are born as a social being. Right from the get
>>> go you are surrounded by other humans and through each and
>>> every interaction your perception is adaptable. We rely on
>>> other people to shape our views and values of the world but
>>> not everybody is compatible, so how can you TEACH a room
>>> full people the same thing when it is generic and
>>> mechanical. Society dictates what everyone should know but
>>> if not everyone is the same and learns in different ways
>>> why are we put in box and told right from wrong and that we
>>> don't belong.
>>> When children are born their minds are open and free from
>>> the influence of society's pressure, so instead of telling
>>> and measure, let them explore and treasure.
>>> There is no need to fill a child's mind but instead provide
>>> opportunities in which they can open it.
>>> As Albert Einstein said "I never teach my pupils, I only
>>> attempt to provide conditions in which they can learn".
>>> It is really that simple. If we changed our thinking and
>>> took a step back instead of teaching we could provide the
>>> right track. Open their minds instead of filling with ABC,
>>> from there they can see the world with the full potential
>>> of what it could be.
>>> How would you like to learn? Would you appreciate being
>>> told what to think or having the opportunity and support to
>>> Being told that sand is rough or smooth, cold or hot, wet
>>> or dry, or experiencing the fresh air with your feet in the
>>> sand and sun on your skin.
>>> So I ask you again, what do you TEACH?
>>> And at last I'll leave you with this
>>> Tell me and I'll forget, show me and I may remember,
>>> involve me and I'll understand.
>>> Hide not your talents, for use they were made, what is a
>>> sundial that is kept in the shade.
>>> Just think.