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Yes, there are still facts students need to commit to memory.
Yes, there are basic skills students need to practice toward mastery.
Yes, there is a time and a place for drill and practice.
But overall, I think learning is more meaningful when we get beyond these "just the facts" approaches.
Think about your own learning preferences, teacher. Do you learn the most from sit-and-get professional development? Or are you more engaged when you have the chance to discuss and interact with fellow learners? Collaborate in working toward a goal? Thoughtfully reflect on readings and conversations?
Recognize that your students may have different needs than you do as a learner because of their age...but how satisfied would you be with learning if it was always...
- reproducing someone else's ideas,
- receiving other people's thinking about ideas,
- repeating the same tasks over and over,
- driven by competion with fellow learners for attention, for opportunities, for grades, or
- prescripted learning with no choice for what or how you learn?
How meaningful would that learning be?