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  •  This is what just kills me. (13+ / 0-)

    I would note that use of things like Socratic method - a regular part of my own teaching approach - and teaching students to raise questions are not encouraged by this approach.

    Because we know what really works in the classroom.  Well prepared expert teachers, good facilities and rested, well fed, eager students  and get out of the way!!!!!!!
    Like the "Pied Piper of Hamlin"  kids will follow and want to now and loike to be considered smart and informed.
    But shove kids into desks and push papers at them because that's all poorly trained teachers can do.
    Teaching by Socratic/Inquiry  means taking the time to engage student critical thinking in real time.

    Turning things around and leading students by asking them to think takes talent, training and an understanding the the student is the active thinker not just the teacher.  The teacher while knowledgeable about the content is also knowledgeable about how students learn and can vary the methods in order to continue engaging the material in different ways from different directions.

    Not just addressing the stuff and moving on.  Like the old hurry up we have to get through all the chapters by the end of the year. Read about, listen to a lecture, write notes, memorize then go to next chapter whether you understood it or not.   Take high stakes test and then ....... Fail.

    by TexMex on Thu Apr 16, 2009 at 07:12:58 AM PDT

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