How do we teach?

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 explain
You model
They practice
You check and give feedback
Test them.
Test them again a bit later.                                            teachcent.jpg
Explore; Discover
Hands-on experience
Inspire some AWE
Go off piste
Make things; do projects; set open ended tasks; give choices Project-Based-Learning-Photo

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.

Click here to do the survey

Our aim is to get as many teachers around the world to do this survey. Please help us by forwarding the link on. Share via Twitter. Tweet

Here is the survey link to email to your friends.

Do you think we could get a 100,000 people to do the survey by the end of 2016? Help us “go viral”.

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