Good piece on EBL and engagement by Ewan Mcintosh in the TES

January 26, 2011 at 8:38 am Leave a comment

by Alec Patton

A little while ago, there was an excellent piece in the TES by Ewan McIntosh (who is, as I understand it, one of the progenitors of the teachmeet).

The piece is all about enquiry-based learning (which is one of the four key approaches of our Learning Futures project). It features some great examples of enquiry-based learning around the world (some of which were new to me), but I think its opening is especially compelling. I’ve quoted it here:

During the final half of 2010, I asked more than 1,500 teachers around the globe two questions: what are your happiest memories from learning at school, and what are your least happy experiences?

When I do the “reveal” of what I think their answers will be, every workshop has a “but how did he know?” reaction. Its more akin to an audiences response to illusionist Derren Brown than to the beginning of a day of professional development.

For teachers answers are always the same. At the top is “making stuff”, then school trips, “feeling Im making a contribution” and “following my own ideas”. Their least happy experiences are “a frustration at not understanding things”, “not having any help on hand” and “being bored”, mostly by “dull presentations”. “Not seeing why we had to do certain tasks” appeared in every continent.

via If you truly want to engage pupils, relinquish the reins and give them the chance to learn by doing – News – TES Connect.

Entry filed under: Education & Children's Services.

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