Teaching for understanding or learning by memorizing?
Submitted by BrookeIstas on November 20, 2012 - 9:23am
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Here is a news story about, "Reinventing Math Class", although it focuses on 3rd through 5th grades I believe it is relevant to adult education. Are you an instructor that teaches for understanding or that teaches concepts by showing procedures only? Like many of you, I struggle with teaching just what the learner needs to pass the GED Exam, make an educational gain, or move up a math level; but I also want my learners to remember what I am teaching them, too. Teaching for understanding can take a bit more time instructionally because learners need that time to explore, develop, and reflect on what is really going on with the math they are learning. They may even need to be untaught bad habits they learned when they were in school, which takes even more time. Time is something adult educators do not always have an abundance of with learners since some have spotty attendance or dedication to their education. So what do we do?
I know what I do, but I would like to hear about what you do in your programs, too.
Here is the link to the news story: http://www.ktvn.com/story/20113355/reinventing-math-class