Perhaps I’m exaggerating by using “riot” as the opposite of rote, but from my observations, not by much. Two illustrations from my educational experience:
In high school, I was called a DAR meaning a Darn Average Raiser. I liked to memorize and I could do it well. I memorized the entire Dewey Decimal System in one evening. U-huh, I’m talking something now that most of you have never heard of – yes, you with your eyes on the computer. I’m not going to explain much because you don’t really care but it was the way the school libraries were organized in those days. And suffice it to say I was the only one who did it. Quick and easy. Now I can try to memorize two Bible scriptures per week and seldom do they stick in my long term memory. (Of course, the Dewey Decimal System is gone also.)
I dropped out of college for about ten years after I got married. When I went back, I found major changes in the way college classes were taught. Not so much memorizing. Team projects. And worst of all, student led. There I met my Waterloo. I walked into a class one day and couldn’t even recognize the instructor. Someone told me we were to organize groups and, I guess, basically plan our goals, agenda, syllabus, or whatever else we needed to conduct a class and get three hours of credit. I was outta there! I got a quick W – not for Waterloo but for Withdrawal. I don’t really know that the class turned to riot or not. But from today’s new accounts, some have become just that – a riot or perhaps called a protest – some word to describe being on the lawn demanding one’s way!
I guess those two incidents – memorization and self initiated (or whatever you would call it) represent the extremes of learning methods.
At this point in my life I prefer lecture to team learning but I like lots of opportunity for questions, comments, debate, and discussion. I still like an instructor who knows more than I. I would prefer that the instructor proves it in some way besides saying so, however!
Teaching is an awesome responsibility. Bible scripture James 3:1 says “Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly.” It is not easy to hone in on the right method for teaching individuals with such wide learning styles.
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