Balancing Instructional Strategies in the Math Classroom
The message begins,
When you read inquiry-based instruction or direct explicit instruction, what feelings come to mind? Are they positive? Negative? Neutral? It often feels like an “either-or” debate, doesn’t it?
Well, yeah, because it usually is. But the President wants to be balanced:
However, there is a time and place for both methods of instruction, and our job as educators should be to use appropriate strategies at appropriate times.
Unfortunately, the President is unbalanced:
Inquiry-based instruction should be used most of the time as students begin to understand the concepts they are studying. Their curiosity is sparked, and they can begin to see the reason of learning the content, often increasing their desire to learn the material. Inquiry-based instruction centers on and is driven by students’ thinking as they develop a deeper understanding. …
Historically, and likely in many settings today, direct explicit instruction has been over-emphasized and overused, while inquiry-based instruction has been underutilized. … If we are genuinely interested in meeting the needs of all our students, we must continually work to increase the amount of inquiry-based instruction …
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