I think educators around the world would agree that students need to be engaged and motivated to learn. We know from research that children learn best when they are active and have some ownership in their learning. Traditionally, with the coverage approach:students sat in rows, teachers assigned topics and isolated facts, teacher and students worked in solitare, memorization was the trend, classrooms were quiet and students were listening, common practice of forgetting and moving to the next unit…and the list goes on! Compare this to the inquiry approach to teaching and learning: collaborative work, student voice and choice, strategic thinking, interaction and talk, caring and taking action… You can see why inquiry-based teaching and learning would have students involved and motivated to work and learn. So, why then do I still see students sitting in rows? Why do administrators still think that a quiet classroom is the best learning environment? Why do some teachers continue to move on to the next unit before the students understand?
The discussion is why do we still see traditional classrooms? Do they still have value? How do we move into the 21st centuryof teaching and learning? What should that look like?
Questions to ponder! I wonder what kind of classroom you see around you!