Friday, August 9, 2019

Direct Instruction Vs Problem-Based Teaching

I was recently at a conference that was heavily teaching problem solving tasks and problem solving techniques. I really enjoyed the conference, but it raised in me the question of what is the ideal relationship between direct instruction and problem-based teaching. Here our my thoughts in progress.

Monday, April 1, 2019

A Favorite Data Talker: Dylan Wiliam


Gosh...It is difficult to a get a clear 10,000 foot summary of the current state of educational research. Yes...Yes... I know you lose a lot at the 10,000 foot level, but it provides a great starting point on helping one prioritize. I've found this talk particularly helpful. Summary 'take aways' for me are below.

 

Take Aways
- Can't tell good teaching from short observations. (Why spend so much time in interview process? How can hire more strategically?)

- I like the emphasis on developing expertise.

- Interesting chart on calibration
 

- Good summary distinction between what

Doesn't Work - Smarter people in teaching, paying good teachers more, learning styles, copying other countries.

What Might Work - Differentiated instruction, Social/Emotional Aspects of Learning, Educational Neuroscience, Grit, Growth Mindset

What Does Work A Bit 
- Firing Bad Teachers, Charter Schools, Vouchers, Class Size

What Does Work - Curriculum Improvement, Formative Assessment

- Good summary of the Nonaka and Takeuchi model on Internalization and Externalization.

 
Other talks by Dylan I have appreciated:


 


http://portal.battelleforkids.org/FIPOhio/fip-home
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gTKokZ7yUbc&list=PLDB1C5-YO_jjsSz3dGwWMs0pm4mb1qfSg&index=2