The 5-Minute Teacher

Teacher Mark Barnes’ new book,The 5-Minute Teacher, offers “quick, thought-provoking lessons that send students clamoring to find meaning on their own.”

Barnes introduced the Results Only Learning Environment in his earlier book, Role Reversal: Achieving Uncommonly Excellent Results in the Student-Centered Classroom.

Role Reversal

In Role Reversal: Achieving Uncommonly Excellent Results in the Student-Centered Classroom, Mark Barnes urges middle and high school teachers to adopt a “Results Only Learning Environment (ROLE).” That means replacing homework, worksheets and tests with “student-driven, yearlong projects” and replacing grades with “narrative feedback.”

 

Progressives vs. traditionalists

My short post on a Direct Instruction book drew an anti-DI comment by Mark Barnes, which set off a passionate debate (now up to 42 comments).

A traditional teacher for many years, Barnes developed  ”results-only learning,” which works well for his students, including many “reluctant learners.” In response to the comments battle here, he asks progressives on his blog: Are we losing the fight against traditional teaching?

Here’s his description of a Results Only Learning Environment (ROLE).