My philosophy is that teaching and learning go together. This week’s essential question made me think of the pyramid of learning. The bottom of the pyramid, the largest part, is teach others. Most of us learn best when we teach others. As educators we are continuously learning and most of educators try to instill in their students the idea of being a life long learner. Chapter five of Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom (Martinez & Stager 2013) I enjoyed reading about the concept of teaching that uses iterative design cycles and promotes creativity. I wish the chapter had more examples of what the design cycle might look like in a classroom. “Long before there were schools as we know them, there was apprenticeship — learning how to do something by trying it under the guidance of one who knows how” (The Objective of Education, 2008). Learning by doing, which is the second largest piece of the pyramid of learning, allows student to see value in what they are learning. In the online article Top 5 Life Skills School Don’t Teach, Cutler (2014) states, “We fail at encouraging students to fail, by harshly penalizing failure.” Incorporating project based learning and makerspaces into classrooms helps encourage creativity while also modeling that failure may happen and how to problem solve
Something I struggled to agree with in chapter five was don’t overteach planning. According to Martinez & Stager (2013), “For example, a mindmap or a storyboard is a great tool, but only when a student needs a way to organize
their thoughts. Imposing your planning framework, even with the best of intentions, deprives the child of the experience of solving their own problems and makes them dependent on you.” As an elementary teacher I feel it is my job to teach structure and organization, especially in writing. I think it would be difficult for most third grade students to write a 3-5 paragraph paper without learning about how to structure writing and/or use graphic organizers.
Cutler, D. (2014, January 7). Top 5 life skills school don’t teach. Retrieved June 16, 2015 from http://www.spinedu.com/top-5-life-skills-schools-teach/#.VYFJG6bwyI0
Martinez, S., & Stager, G. (2013). Invent to learn: Making, tinkering, and engineering in the classroom. Constructing Modern Knowledge Press.
National Training Laboratories Bethel, Maine. (n.d.). Learning pyramid.
The Objective of Education Is Learning, Not Teaching. (2008, August 20). Retrieved June 16, 2015 from http://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/article/the-objective-of-education-is-learning-not-teaching/