Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Are teachers the ones who are behind?
In a recent Teacher Beat blog post, Education Week reporter Stephen Sawchuk writes about a recent study that scored thousands of teacher lessons against a variety of teaching frameworks and found that teachers did well with procedural tasks, such as planning and behavior management, but had more difficulty with tasks that involve higher-order skills, such as “analysis and problem solving,” “using investigation/problem-based approaches,” and finding “relevance to history and current events.”
What do you think? In your experience, do teachers, in general, have a relative weakness in teaching higher-order thinking? Has the recent federal emphasis on testing and accountability affected teachers’ classroom practices? What does this mean for teachers who will soon need to implement the Common Core State Standards, which require a focus on higher-order reasoning and analytical skills?
Read some viewpoints at: http://www.edweek.org/forums/education-forums_teaching-profession_teachers-behind-higher-order-thinking-skills_.0?cmp=ENL-EU-CMTY