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Oversimplified teaching

Posted on: September 22, 2018

This tweet claimed that some people over complicate teaching.

I think that it oversimplified teaching by eschewing nuance. The statement might be equivalent to saying that surgery was knocking someone out, cutting them open, and removing offending bits.

If teaching was that simple, we would not need to have teacher education and professional development programmes. If teaching was that straightforward, anyone could do it.

No. It takes special people, careful nurturing, and meaningful professional development to shape teachers and change what they do.

Trying to distill the complexity of teaching is not wrong if you are an experienced professional, but it also does a disservice when it misrepresents that work to outsiders.

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