This week let’s take a moment to think about the traditional view of teaching and classrooms. Student’s sitting in rows, the teacher many times in front of the classroom, lecturing, providing information, reviewing the previous day’s assignments. That is not only the traditional view of classroom methodology, but far too often the methodology we experienced and an experience that still exists today.
The focus of the subcommittee on Methodology Changes is to look at how instruction and classrooms might change to provide a more engaging and meaningful experience for students while still providing the basics and foundation needed for higher levels of learning. The committee has not only researched many different methodologies, but has been reviewing the implementation of several currently being used in the district.
Following are some of those changes:
- Flipped Classrooms
- Team Based Learning
- Project Based Learning
- Incorporation of 21st Century Skills
- From Teaching to Facilitating
- From recipient of learning to ownership of learning
We will review the above examples in more detail in future blogs. Whatever methodology implemented, our goal should be to support students in their effort to gain a deeper knowledge of the subject they are studying. Through their active engagement, and the application of what they have learned students will apply their knowledge to solve real world predictable or unpredictable problems.