High School observation 10-1-07

“Are we putting yoo much emphasis on teaching methods? It seems to me more time should be spent addressing ‘Why is this knowledge good to know?’ rather than assuming it’s good to know and trying to figure out what teaching method is best at manipulating students to learn it.

‘What makes this knowledge interesting, valuable? What specific opportunities will it open up within students’ lives?’ These questions seem to me to be at least as important as good teaching methods, but are rarely addressed at all in high school classrooms.

“It’s easy to mistake the tools of teaching (lesson plans, engaging activitices, etc.) for teaching itself, I guess.”

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