If we keep giving the answers to our students… they will keep expecting someone to give them the answer.
Every day my son and daughter ask me and my wife what seems like thousands of questions. They are very curious about a lot of things! Before I answer them, I ask them to go look it up. The first couple of times I asked my kids to look it up, they got upset. Like crying, whining, and moaning upset. After keeping my word, they get accustomed to finding an answer on their own. For example, my son got up this morning and asked what the weather was going to be like today in order to dress appropriately for school. I told him to go get the answer. He googled it and found that it was going to be cool in the morning and warm in the afternoon. After he reported back to me what he found out, I asked him how he found the answer. My son pulled open a laptop and checked weather.com.
"Somehow we have taught everybody that in school, if you have the wrong answer it becomes final."
This needs to happen more in teaching. I hear students constantly moan and moan about how someone should just give them the answer. NO. Find it yourself. Somehow we have taught everybody that in school, if you have the wrong answer it becomes final. Think about how we look at grades… the TERM IS ENDING. FINAL exams. It’s so absolute in our culture of education that we stop and go and stop and go. There is nowhere we teach kids a cycle of learning. Think about it. That is why you don’t learn anything in school. You do it for about 36 minutes a period and then stop. Then do it again the next day. We are teaching our students that learning is not fluid. That is wrong. Learning is lifelong. It is fluid. We are confined in sections of learning in order to pound out some knowledge then move on. This explains why many teachers feel they need to give an answer for their students to keep up.
"Teach the students how to use things in their world to find the answer."
Students aren’t dumb. They are humans. They are very smart! If you continue to give answers students will stop looking for it and wait for you. In order to change this… the first step is to stop giving answers. Teach the students how to use things in their world to find the answer. The start of that process is difficult and it is worth it if you want to #disrupteducation.