Wednesday, February 02, 2011

(PTL) Snow Day Reading Assignment

During our last session, we considered briefly the notion that (effective) teachers ought to identify and attend to the different "learning styles" of their students.  Here's one critique:

http://www.aft.org/pdfs/americaneducator/fall1999/DiffStrokes.pdf

And another:

http://www.garlikov.com/teaching/Lstyles.htm

Let's discuss this issue next time (Monday), along with your questions from this week's Q&A.  Do some additional research on the topic.

Also, just for fun (but also central to our current discussion), is US public education functioning as the "great equalizer"?:

http://www.aft.org/pdfs/americaneducator/winter1011/Schmidt.pdf

Lastly, here's a brief essay on competing philosophical approaches to multiculturalism:

http://www.bu.edu/wcp/Papers/Educ/EducNich.htm

1 comment:

  1. I like the Garlikov piece on the whole, though he rather puts his foot in his mouth when talking about learning to balance a bicycle, since he does not understand the physics of bicycling. It thus becomes an unintentional example of the sort of thing he's critiquing -- teaching with "learning styles" rather than conceptual clarity and an understanding of why it's difficult to grasp/do.

    The balancing he describes is what one would do if one were trying to balance a bicycle that was not moving. By contrast, one keeps a moving bike upright primarily by steering the front wheel under the lean of the bike. This quickly becomes intuitive, so most cyclists don't notice they're doing it.

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