Monday, September 5, 2016
Second Blog: September
My classmates had a lot of insightful thoughts to share with the class this past Wednesday. After this class session, most if not all, the class can understand the importance of staying away from traditional teaching. As teachers we are pursuing our career because of our passion to teach. By creating activities and a good learning environment we may be putting more work on our plate but we will do it, because we know it's worth our students understanding and learning. This class session impacted my thinking about good science teaching because I never just sat and thought about why teachers rather teach in a traditional way. Throughout my high school years I can remember that the goal was to perform good in state tests. What if the goal was not to outperform other schools through a multiple choice test? What if our goal was to teach them knowledge and skills that they can use in their daily lives and future? I no longer believe that it is about knowing the answer, it is about the process to get to the answer. The process is good science learning. This reminded of me of an ancient proverb,"Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day, teach a man to fish and you feed him for a life time". We are not doing our future leaders any favors if we just feed them answers, because that gives them the wrong idea about how the world works.