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PostPosted: Fri May 25, 2018 2:45 pm    Post subject: teaching methods Reply with quote

I agree that a good teacher uses a variety of teaching strategies and tools. However, as the expert writer at http://essaytyper.pro/ essay typer I have a few problems with some statements you have made:

"Students aren't in school long enough--each day and each year--to build their own knowledge... [they] lack prior knowledge and life experience."
True, constructivism takes longer than direct instruction to complete in terms of one lesson. But a constructivist would argue that over the whole year, a teacher's lessons would become more efficient because students have developed a deeper understanding of the material and there will be less need for reteaching of topics (reteaching is a huge time-waster). Second, your point about students lacking "prior knowledge" does not really jive with constructivism because it supposes that there is a specific prior knowledge that one needs in order to learn a particular concept. A constructivist would say the teacher who is attempting constructivism and expects students to have particular background knowledge, is not constructivist.

"They'd rather be spoon-fed the information or just skip it altogether." I also agree that this is true, but don't you think that students have been conditioned to learn this way? It makes them feel comfortable to have someone give them the answers because that's the experience they have had. It's up to teachers to break this mold and help students get to the point where they can help themselves rather than be dependent on teachers "giving" them knowledge.
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