How should we teach?
February 26, 2012 2 Comments
My philosophy on the above question is that we should, for the majority of the time, be the ‘guide from the side’.
As John Dewey said in ‘How We Think’, for teachers ‘to cram pupils with facts which, with little more trouble, they could discover by direct inquiry is to violate their intellectual integrity by cultivating mental servility’
Direct instruction, of course, has an important role to play at the right time, however, we have all experienced the buzz we get from discovering things for ourselves. Therefore if we want ‘buzzing’ students (if you can pardon the phrase) in our lessons we must allow opportunities for discovery.
This is common sense practice, not common practice.