"I can tell you're back to work," she noted, "because I missed reading your post today!"
So, Karen, this post is for you even though it does not seem like a post about college teaching should be for you! But, learning is learning and Cambourne's conditions are important on every level of learning (yes indeed)! Learning to ride a bike, learning to clean your room, learning to be a responsible adult, learning biology, learning to be a teacher.....it's all learning.......
So how should college professors (or teachers as they will heretofore be known) teach?
Should all teachers put into place in their classrooms practices that we know are most effective and support student learning?
What is the role of large lecture halls?
Do teachers at wise, respected, and research based institutions really want to teach lowly freshmen who may or may not ever make an impact on their field?
Should teachers get to know their students?
After reading this short article, I really had lots of questions about how others who teach on the college level might feel.
As for me, a teacher of elementary students who sometimes find reading a bit challenging (at first) and of grad students who are or who hope to be teachers, I try to put in place the practices of effective teaching that I would want my students to use in their own classrooms. I practice what I preach. I try to get to know my students as learners and as people. We not only have literature circles, I give lots of wait time and engage in every pupil response techniques. I also encourage risk taking and talk regularly about my questions. I take Cambourne's Conditions for Learning to heart. I suspect all parents and teachers should do so!
|1. Immersion||}||These must be accompanied by ENGAGEMENT|
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