If the art teacher taught art, the way I taught history, his students would be sitting there watching him paint.
Mark led off by asking me to reflect back on my some of the driving themes in my career. I confessed that as a novice teacher, I mimicked my experience as a high school student and taught primarily via lecture mixed with an occasional “guess what the teacher is thinking” whole-group discussion.
But I recalled an “aha” moment after repeated visits to the art class in the classroom next door. I realized that if the art teacher taught art, the way I taught history, his students would be sitting there watching him paint. I remember that got me thinking …
Our podcast continued with a lively discussion about what works in the classroom. Below are a few of the prompts they tossed at me. No ed theory or brain research in my responses. Just my candid and unrehearsed thoughts ranging from “why teaching should be the opposite of magic” to “how schools are not teaching good digital hygiene.”
- Can you talk a bit about how you shift responsibility for the learning to the students.
- How did you support a constructivist model is information-laden, high stakes courses like AP / IB?
- Did you get much push-back from your students and how did you deal with it? How do you deal with parents and administrators?
- What do you say when teachers tell you “I’ve got so much to cover, I don’t have time for more student-based approach?”
- Tell us more about your post “Why Johnny Can’t Search?” and how librarians and instructional technologists can partner to improve student information skills.
- How is the analytic process different in different subjects – say science vs history?
See these posts for more on subjects raised in the podcast:
- Why Johnny Can’t Search – a Response
- 13 Subversive Questions for the Classroom
- The Student As Historian
Stay tuned to Ed Tech Co-Op – a collaborative effort between the College of William & Mary, Alexandria Country Day School, and other educators interested in technology integration in K-12 classrooms.
Image credit flickr/ visual.dichotomy