Teach to students’ commonalities

Instead of always trying to individualize instruction or teach to different “learning styles,” teachers should spend more time teaching to what students have in common, advise Daniel Willingham and David Daniel in Educational Leadership. For example, all children need factual knowledge, practice and feedback from a knowledgeable source to learn.

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  1. Richard Aubrey says:

    How much to start reprinting McGuffey? Does McGuffey’s estate own the rights?

    • Mark Roulo says:

      It is off copyright.

    • I bought the whole series at my local museum

    • Sean Mays says:

      I just picked up the whole set at Amazon for about 50 odd bucks, I’m sure it can be found cheaper. Go the whole 9 yards and get Webster’s Bluebacked Speller and Ray’s Arithmetic. We’re using it to supplement a homeschool first grade reading and phonics program.

      • Cranberry says:

        McGuffey’s on Google Books. You could just order a set printed up.

        Or you could read them free on an iPad or tablet.

  2. Richard Aubrey says:

    Actually, I was wondering if we could get sufficient McGuffey’s into the schools, teaching according to Daniel and Willingham. Seems just the ticket. It’s so old, it might seem new, thus suggesting itself to reformers.

    • It would give the textbook publishers conniption fits.

      I love the idea.  But can you persuade some school district to forego some part of its book budget (assuming these things are cheap) to start that wave?

      • Richard Aubrey says:

        Since computer salesmen have such influence in public schools, maybe we could give every kid an Ipad/pod/whatever with McGuffey already loaded. It would be a huge expenditure, which proves the school board and administration cares, and it would please the technophiles for whom no system of turning pages can be too complicated or too expensive.
        And it would mean more jobs in Sumatra or someplace.
        On the more serious side, McGuffey is going to scare the pants off a lot of students and ed pros. Have you thought about what McGuffey wants to teach you compared to what you were learning at that grade? Terrifying.