Stephanie Madsen sent the following article to me via this link (which you can read here). The article is entitled “Why Preschool Shouldn’t Be Like School.” While this is dealing with four-year olds, and we have students who are much older (though sometimes do not act that much older), this comment struck me in the article:
“In other words, direct instruction made the children less curious and less likely to discover new information.”
I wonder about this for older children, too, and while most of our students are young adults, we get some of them, when they are first-year students anyway, who would be considered children. How much joy of learning has high school sucked from them? How can we restore the wonder of discovery of information? Perhaps direct instruction is something we need to think about moving away from in order to give students a chance to discover learning on their own.