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Educational Theory: Check Your Premises
Educational Theory: Check Your Premises

Educational Theory: Check Your Premises

Some time ago, I saw some video that showed a teacher using a variety of movement modalities, sensory modalities, and human activities to teach a lesson. “Research” supported what she was doing; she crafted a class based on that “research.”

I don’t remember what the lesson was. I remember only all the singing and clapping and noise.

Guess it was effective, huh? Or did I need to be making all that noise and singing along to remember it? How effective would that be done day after day, class after class?

History: sing for 5 seconds; clap your hands and chant for 10 seconds; stand up and act something out for 7 seconds; etc. Repeat over and over again for 45 minutes.

Math: sing for 5 seconds; clap your hands and chant for 10 seconds; stand up and act something out for 7 seconds; etc. Repeat over and over again for 45 minutes.

English: sing for 5 seconds; clap your hands and chant for 10 seconds; stand up and act something out for 7 seconds; etc. Repeat over and over again for 45 minutes.

Music: sing for 5 seconds; clap your hands and chant for 10 seconds; stand up and act something out for 7 seconds; etc. Repeat over and over again for 45 minutes.

PE: sing for 5 seconds; clap your hands and chant for 10 seconds; stand up and act something out for 7 seconds; etc. Repeat over and over again for 45 minutes.

Ummm — can I go home for some peace and quiet now???

We need to engage conceptual, rational, logical learning, not play games in education. Life is serious. Happiness is serious.

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