Tuesday, November 24, 2015

My teacher doesn't teach

As the Technology Lead at my school, I hear not only what is happening with technology from the teacher’s perspective, but also from the students. I always find it fascinating how kids see our lessons. Not too long ago, I had a conversation with a student who was complaining about one of his teachers. He said, “my teacher doesn’t teach.” Concerned about what the student meant, I asked for more information. I asked the student to describe a normal day in the class of that particular teacher. The student went on to say that they have to watch videos for homework. The teacher doesn’t stand in front and explain things, instead, they work in small groups on activities and have learn on their own. I realized that the student was describing a flipped classroom where the teacher assigns videos outside of class so that the student can come in ready to apply the knowledge.


Teachers:

  • Explain to the students the strategy that you are using and why you are using it. In the example provided the student interpreted this technique as not teaching because it did not look like what they know as traditional teaching.
  • At times it will be more effective to wait until the end of the lesson and then ask the students why you used the strategy you used and what they have gained from it.
  • Writing objectives on the board doesn’t ensure that the students read it or understood it.
  • Make connections between what they are learning and why it influences them directly. How is it valuable to them.

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