Call for a Revision in Teaching Methodology

November 11, 2009

Call for a Revision in Teaching Methodology

The ideas put forth in this blog posting discuss a new approach to teaching methods (as you likely derived from the title).  The main idea here is a more dialectic approach.  This means more discussion and debate in the classroom as opposed to the traditional “teacher speak – student listen” methods.  Allowing the students to become more involved fits very well with the stages of their development emotionally and mentally.  As adolescents they are naturally becoming more inclined to speak their minds and question information before readily accepting it.

Also, the author mentions a two-tiered system of learning, which I personally found to be brilliant and exciting.  Students obviously will need to be informed on a subject before being able to debate or discuss said subject.  The idea is that students would attend a class, such as European History, where they would listen and absorb while the teacher taught in a traditional manner.  After this class period, their next period would be a debate and discussion based class focused on what was discussed in the previous period.  I would have loved that in school and I think many young minds would respond very well to this.

He briefly mentions the fact that introducing children to this debate/discussion style of learning early on could also possibly help alleviate some of the major issues of anxiety and shyness of today’s youth.

I can’t do the article justice in my own words and it is not the end-all save-all of ideas but I do find it to be a great step in the right direction.  It is lengthy but a highly recommended read.  Enjoy! Let me know what you think! Leave me some comments!

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One Response to “Call for a Revision in Teaching Methodology”

  1. Tully said

    The idea of allowing young adults to actively engage in discussion during school hours is very intriguing. If Americans expect students to perform well in school and be motivated individuals throughout the course of their lives, we must start encouraging them to express their thoughts and opinions in a non-judgmental, nurturing environment. If students are allowed this type of freedom of speech forum at some point of the day, they will be more likely to accept the “boring” fact that teacher must impart and they must absorb. Teenagers need to talk, they need to know they what they say is important to someone. If they are heard, they are more likely to want to learn more and develop more opinions on what is happening in the world around.

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