by Mike Ribble
For countless years in education, the process of teaching has been largely one-directional. The idea was to have students sit and absorb as much information from the instructor as possible. Then after collecting the information share it back for the test.
With our experience around the globe, working with educators who use our products, we get to hear stories daily that illustrate how teaching and learning in foreign countries can be very like, and quite unlike education in the U.S. Read how people in other countries are strengthening the teacher-student connection by leveraging classroom technology.
Teachers on the front lines in the classrooms know that a life working to shepherd and inspire diverse groups of young people is a daily drama with high stakes.
There’s a certain logic in that kind of thinking. Because we often think that turning up the volume, saying something loud enough, will enable everyone will hear us. But do students in a large classroom really understand every word a teacher is saying? I think, often, they do not.
The next time one of your students says ‘I didn’t hear you’, it’s likely the truth. Most of us have been in sessions where a presenter is difficult to hear. When I’m in that situation, I’ll strain to listen for a few minutes and slowly move into a passive listening mode, where I’ll check out the slides for bullet points. But eventually I’ll give up and start checking email or just doodle.
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