How do we encourage our learners to think?
A few weeks I came across a video on TED which I was initially listening to in the background whilst doing something else. Within seconds I switched everything else off and became engrossed in the topic under discussion. In the video Dan Myer covers a topic which I feel we are all grappling with in Education: How do we encourage our learners to move from a formulaic ‘spoon- fed’ model of learning to a system where we actively encourage learners to enquire, devise and most importantly think.
After much thought and application in the classroom Dan gives a number of examples which show how he encourages learners to become problem solvers and apply genuine understanding to everyday Maths based problems. Although the examples are subject specific the core ideas are genuinely transferable to all learning.