A not so long time ago.
In a small classroom somewhere near us.
Brandon : How many of you know how to use a screwdriver?
Students thinking: (Refer to the image that follows)
After about 3 people in a class of 30, raised their hands, Brandon realized the enormity of the task at hand. He also found out the answer to the question – How many engineers does it take to use a screwdriver? (You would not be incorrect if you said 10%.)
Live scenes of Brandon from his class (not!)
Our group (We had the Best Group Ever!!) acknowledges the limitations of the banking form of education. Simply trying to transfer our knowledge unto students is an outdated method of instruction.
Teachers as Depositors
The banking form of education assumes instructors and teachers as being the single source of all information. We would like to disagree. We understand that students bring their own experiences and viewpoints to the classroom, and they can also impart valuable information to both their teachers and their peers.
Me when I started teaching
However, at the same time, we realize that teaching is not a “one-way street” (Quoting Poets of the Fall). Learning to think critically requires simultaneous participation of teachers as well as students. One can obviously argue that current incentive structures hinders critical thought. A system with primary focus on grades is detrimental to critical thinking. Students essentially minimize thought in an effort to maximize grades.
The drawbacks of the prevalent incentive structures
In an effort to wean students away from existing methods of learning, we should focus on incremental learning, like in cooking, where you reuse fundamental skills over and over, occasionally adding trying a new method or step to create something new.
Critical Pedagogy is like cooking
Additionally, forming relationships leads to engagement in the learning process by the students. Educators and students can establish mutual teaching and learning relationships. Active listening as well as active silence are necessary to establish a successful learning environment.
Doing things differently
Finally, we as educators, must impress upon students that education is an ongoing pursuit for democracy, freedom, equity, deep critical thinking, and diversity. We should promote ways to overcome barriers that hold some students back from developing their deep potential.
Ethan – http://ethanlarsen.net/gedi/
Miguel Andres (https://blogs.lt.vt.edu/maguerra/)
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