More schools are getting rid of "old-fashioned" skills like penmanship and multiplication tables, but research shows students benefit from classic teaching methods.
“the key was taking that old-school method and encouraging students to use their knowledge to practice higher-level thinking skills.”
Five Old School Practices
- Vocabulary - Research confirms that instruction in word roots allows students to learn new vocabulary and figure out the meaning of words in context more easily.
- Memorization - Rapid mental retrieval of basic facts is a prerequisite for doing more complex, and more interesting, kinds of math
- Practice - The only way to achieve this “automaticity,” so far as anyone has been able to determine, is to practice.
- Argumentation - Educational research on argumentation demonstrates that it helps students learn better too.
- Read Aloud - When students are read to frequently by a teacher, their vocabulary and their grasp of syntax and sentence structure improves.