The trouble with teaching online is that
you don't have a captive audience.
Now the learning has to hold their interest.
Students need to learn self-management. Where is that taught?
10 Myths About Teaching Online
- We don't like to think of students sitting politely in the school room as a captive audience.
- But they had to be in class or get in trouble.
- They had to seem to attend to the teacher or get in trouble.
- No matter that they were bored, the could not escape.
- The strategy for escape was: be quiet, look interested, and pass the tests.
- Online the most they have to do is pass the tests.
- But that's all they ever needed to do at the system level.
- They school needed them in class so it could get credit for their attendance.
Can children learn without a taskmaster?
- Can you spell Sesame Street?
Teachers can't duplicate Sesame Street
- Not as individuals.
- But collectively they have far more teaching power than Sesame Street can afford.
- But how can three million teachers get together?
Online is not alone
Online without a taskmaster
- Of course the teacher needs to be sure the task is done.
- But any reasonable task produces a product.
- So the task is done when the product is delivered to the teacher.
- Just like in real life. In most work you have to produce, not just be there.
But they will put it off till the last minute
- Of course adults would never do that.
- Adults have learned to start immediately and pace themselves. Really?
- The Startalittles versus the Putitovs
- Did they learn that in school?
- The probably learned to depend on the teacher to make them start.
- Guess what happens when the teacher is not there.
- Yes--they will put it off till the last minute.
Teach them good work habits
- I'm going out on a limb there.
- Good work habits are not easily tested with multiple choice.
- So they can't be part of the core curriculum.
- They could have a big impact indirectly.
- Students with good work habits will do better on multiple choice tests.
How do they learn good work habits?
- The same way you get to Carnegie Hall: practice, practice, practice.
- But they need evaluation and coaching.
- Or they probably practice bad habits.
- That's why you have to make the students do the work in class.
- There you tell them what to do and make sure they do it.
- Thus teaching them to work under a taskmaster.
- Psychologists call the next step fading .
- You fade the taskmaster till the learner is functioning independently.
- You can fade by turning some of the supervision over to a DTA
- Skill-based learning: Requires evaluated practice. A job for the Digital Teaching Assistant (DTA)
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