Traditional teaching is “outmoded and ineffective,” according to the new guard’s group-thinking, writes math teacher Barry Garelick after a day at “education camp.” Teachers no longer debate “best practices,” he writes as the only traditionalist.
Scaffolding — starting with what students know and teaching more in small steps — is out, he learned at ed camp. Instead, teachers are supposed to provide “feedback and guidance” that helps students solve completely new problems, a moderator said.
“Think-Pair-Share” — students discuss a problem or question with a partner, then share their ideas with the class — is obsolete, Garelick learned.
. . . students didn’t know what to say to each other about whatever it was they were to discuss. And that was likely because they had little or no knowledge of the subject that they were supposed to talk about, and which was supposed to give them the insights and knowledge that they previously lacked.
However, student-centered and inquiry-based approaches are still alive and well,” he writes. Feedback and guidance are the new think, pair, share of math teaching.