My post on Constructivism
One of the students made this point:
In my view, while learning is focused on the student, constructivism still requires some teacher-centeredness. Without guidance, students can go off on inappropriate or ineffectual tangents. Our reading stresses the importance of the role of the instructor who must employ tactics that help the student manipulate concepts enough so that true learning occurs--when it moves from working memory to long-term memory.
I've been calling some of my schoolmates from high school and one guy told me that the best teacher he ever had, in any school, better than any professor at university, was a history professor who told great stories. This confirms your point -- certainly from the point of view of that student -- that the role of a great teacher is to transfer or spark something in the audience. I want to interview other students who knew teacher Ollernshaw... did those students have the same memory of those history lessons? (My friend taylor mentioned specifically the importance of a lecture about the French Revolution, in which the various sides of the conflict and multiple parties and relationships were described by the teacher). In creating schools of the future, what guidance can we give to our colleagues and future teachers? Apparently find a balance (as you point out) between
Dennis Littky in Big Picture: education is Everyone's Business (2004), has focused on identifying each child's passions -- which is time-consuming (especially when a kid doesn't appear to know what he wants or doesn't trust the teacher enough to reveal his interests). When I was in his school for a day, the focus was on one shoe (placed on the table) for 90 minutes. The students looked at the dimensions, the materials, how and where it was made, the content of the shoe and where other clothes in the room were made. It was a fascinating integrated course and balanced between being centered on the teacher and students. If you ever get a chance to visit Littky's Providence school called www.MetCenter.org, I highly recommend it. here is a link to my documentary about the visit.
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