Am I just a grumpy old man? Or what?
Is it just me, or do I suspect that today’s teachers are sort of “locked in” to the teaching methods and strategies of 2014, but are disregarding many of the tried and true teaching methods of the past?
Yes, I AM old!
Yes, I did teach for 30 years.
Yes, I did make use of rote learning, of sight vocab in reading, of phonics to support the sight vocab.
Yes, when a student couldn’t cope with a particular method or concept, I’d find a work-around.
Yes, I’m having SOME doubts that teachers of today are being encouraged to disregard those proven methods.
Replace them, maybe, with the latest piece of technology.
Children need to follow that basic teaching tennet — to move from the known to the unknown.
It’s basic. It’s common-sense. And it’s a real encouragement and motivator for the struggling student.
Yes, I’m grumpy about the number of students struggling unnecessarily academically.
Let’s ALL get behind them, and give them the encouragement and self-confidence they need to maximise the potential they have.
That’s my plea!
And if we do, then maybe I won’t be quite so grumpy.
Don’t you agree? What’s YOUR view?