31 January 2010

Student Testament on Facilitative Teaching

From Steve Miranda's Blog:

"Physics has been my favorite class this year by far. The reason? The way the class is taught (or not). Mr. Smith [not his real name] essentially allows us to learn the material (extraordinarily difficult) on our own. He’s there for guidance if we need it, but not there to pound the material down our throats.
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“Maybe it’s just that I find myself actually enjoying physics, but I really like the ability to learn at my own pace. Essentially, I have all the resources available to me to learn as much or as little as I want to about physics, and for the first time in a long time, I’m gobbling up everything possible in a class, putting in my full effort. I’m doing well on the tests, and it has brought me to consider physics as a potential college major and career. I’m reading books about physics right now, and it’s the first time I’ve been reading for pleasure in a very long time."

Teaching with Your Mount Shut
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