Updated: Jul 29, 2019
Today in my cozy blog I will be bullet pointing traditional teaching methods vs modern approach.
Have you ever found yourself coming all the way to the lesson wearing a sour expressions on the face? Wait... You don't need to remember all those frustrating experiences right now because as soon as you recall a memory your brain cells actually start working their neurons off to recreate this experience for you ! So... We better focus on how actually cool & exciting the learning process can be! Knowledge is power, not sour...
- recitation method (teacher-centered approach): teacher is viewed as an authority with an objective opinion, kids sit in silence and called upon when it's their turn to answer (that suggests that knowledge can be obtained from single-angled point of view)
- students expected to study and memorize the assignments & checked at the end of a module (oral exam or test)
- students rewarded for their efforts
- students’ behavior is managed by the teacher
- strictly competitive, students are pitted against each other
- an educator is no longer stands at a distance from the class; he's a collaborator in success of a student
- practices focus more on the individual student’s needs rather than assuming all students are at the same level of understanding
- more activity based, using questioning, explaining, demonstration and collaboration techniques
- wide usage of hands-on activities: (hands-on activities are activities that require movement, talking, and listening, it activates multiple areas of the brain) and it's also very good for your health !!!
- the boundaries of authority are being broken down, and a focus on enjoyment over grades is emphasized - collaborative learning approach: improves communicative #skills, team work (which is actually number one skill when you apply for a job (not professionalism). Collaborative intelligence gives higher results
As we know, learning process needs to be flexible and teacher needs to navigate between different methods. Although, some of those old ones need to be left behind. Modern method of teaching is very beneficial in a sense that kids are no longer afraid of learning, they are not tense - they are happy! And when they are happy, their potential grows. This method is very good for critical thinking development (because there is no authority anymore. Children are aware of lack of certainty in knowledge and know that everything can be doubted, even mathematical truth can be doubted !). This method is good for problem solving and decision-making skills. Students are encouraged to collaborate and therefore be more productive. Advocates for collaborative learning emerged in 1970s with studies on the effect of small group learning. It generally increased achievement and improved social skills. The value of cooperative community are evident in Aristotle's writings: the goal of this community is to achieve much unity!