I’m going to present you with a question today, one that is based on a conversation that was happening over at the SQE site that I referenced yesterday. We were having a conversation about what is necessary to support the development of “21st century skills” in our learners/students.
From that conversation, one of the contributors commented that drill/practice is the most important component of teaching. She argued that without a firm foundation in the basics, then there is nothing to build on.
I agree that foundations are important, and I also agree that there is a perception on the part of some that public education may have strayed from their commitment to the basics, but something disturbed me a little about the idea that the key component to what I do is drill and practice.
So, I’ll throw the question out to you. As a teacher, what do you perceive the key component of your work to be? Can you identify the “essence” of what you do?
As a parent, what is your perception? What do you think is at the heart of the work that your child’s teacher does? What should be at the heart of what they do?
Looking forward to your responses!