For this weeks blog I thought I would look at Snyders (2006) 6 Myths about teaching. This is an interesting view because there are so many excuses that have allowed the standards of education to remain low.
1. The myth of process.
This is the focus on the jourmey through education rather than the actual learning that should tak eplace.
2. The myth of fun and interesting.
This is the focus that the process should not only teach the child but that the process should be entertaining too.
3. The myth of eclectic instruction.
This is bringing various different materials and techniques together to teach the child.
4. The myth of the good teacher.
This is the focus on the personal qualities of the teacher rather than the focus on the quality of the actual teaching.
5. The myth of the learning style.
This is the foucs that the teacher should focus on each childs individual learning style and match the learning style to suit.
5. The myth of disabilty.
This is the focus on the disability and the low stadards that are then put on the chilkd when the label is applied.
Possible reasons for the failing education system:
- Teachers have to design their own instuctional programmes
- Research is often ignored
- Research is often misunderstood
- Teachers need to be made more accountable
What did Snyder conclude?
- Children falling into a ”labelling trap” has serious consequences on their education, particularly when labelled as learning disabled.
- The child is automatically thought of as failing when it is really the teacher that has failed, not the child.
- Teaching should be based on science, using teaching methods that are scientifically proven to work.