Friday, 17 May 2013

What do great teachers know about how we learn?


What do great teachers know about how we learn?
Take from "What the Best College Teachers Do" by Ken Bain

1. Knowledge is constructed, not received
2. Mental models change slowly
a. learners must face a situation in which their mental model will not work
b. learners must care that their mental model does not work strongly enough to stop and grapple with the issue at hand
c. learners must be able to handle the emotional trauma that sometimes accompanies challenges to longstanding beliefs

3. Questions are crucial: Teachers define the questions the course will help them answer
4. Caring is crucial: A caring teacher motivates