Traditional methods do not suit modern classrooms, expert says
Professor Fullan identifies them as the root of the problem. But he stresses that the new methods of teaching he describes take teachers beyond being “mere facilitators” to becoming “partners” who recognise the “importance of proactively learning alongside students”.
“Through such partnering, teachers not only become learners themselves, but also begin to see learning through the eyes of their students,” he writes.
“This ‘visibility’ is essential if teachers are to continuously challenge students to reach for the next step.”
The report acknowledges that many of the teaching strategies it describes have been “advocated for at least a century by the likes of Dewey, Piaget, Montessori and Vygotsky”.
But it says that today’s conditions means they are now being widely embraced: “
Through the combination of the ‘push’ of traditional schooling that fails to keep students or teachers engaged, and the ‘pull’ of new pedagogies unleashed through digital access, the transformation of education systems on a broad scale becomes not only possible, but inevitable.”
Via Gust MEES, Jacqui Sharp