The Education landscape is littered with false dichotomies.
I am reluctant to perpetuate another one but I am also really interested in what teachers would say about where the balance between these two forms of instruction should lie.
Imagine there were only 2 modes of teaching. Yes, we know there are more but just imagine there are only 2.
Teacher Mode A
Teacher Mode B
You check and give feedback
Test them again a bit later.
Inspire some AWE
Go off piste
Make things; do projects; set open ended tasks; give choices
Modes were developed by Tom Sherrington
I’m sure you will agree that most teachers work in both modes.
Yes sometimes they will work in both simultaneously. We often throw in a little teacher Mode B “Inspire some AWE” during our Teacher Mode A “Explain and Model”.
I’d like to know what you would consider the right balance of Teacher Mode A and Teacher Mode B.
In your version of an ideal school what % of time would students be learning in Mode A and B.
100% Mode A : 0% Mode B
90% Mode A: 10% Mode B
80% Mode A: 20% Mode B
70% Mode A: 30% Mode B
60% Mode A: 40% Mode B
50% Mode A: 50% Mode B
40% Mode A: 60% Mode B
30% Mode A: 70% Mode B
20% Mode A: 80% Mode B
10% Mode A: 90% Mode B
0% Mode A: 100% Mode B
My plan is to ask as many teachers as I can the same question.
Please complete my quick 3-minute survey then share if you are interested in finding out what other practitioners are actually doing.
Here is the survey link to email to your friends. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DSXST5Y
Do you think we could get a 100,000 people to do the survey by the end of 2016? Help us “go viral”.