Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Effective Teaching Requires Chemistry With Students

From veteran teacher Walt Gardner (excerpt):

[N]on-cognitive outcomes are given too little attention in today's accountability movement. That's because attitudes and values are remembered long after knowledge and skills are forgotten. Yet reformers completely ignore the importance of the former due to their obsession with the latter. That's totally counterproductive if the goal is to create lifelong learners. Teachers can - and do - teach their subjects well, and yet teach their students to hate the subjects in the process.  ***The best advice I can give teachers today who face demands I never did during the 28 years that I taught is to try to form bonds with students. As I wrote before, "there has to be chemistry between teacher and students.”


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