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The current buzzword in education, and the focus of my teacher inquiry.
So far, it feels like doing stuff I've done for a while.
I'll backtrack for you:
Meddler In The Middle is the latest craze because it builds on and/or discards two other popular sayings (the horribly rhyming Sage On The Stage and Guide On The Side).
Each of the three is presented as a model of teaching. The sage is familiar to us all from our university days, and that photo above, but I see echoes of it in some teaching via zoom - notably when a teacher talks for 50 minutes delivering content. Understandably, students hate it.
The guide model is, I guess, seen as a passive one, and that's maybe the danger.
While meddler feels more modern, and I do like it more as it continues the thrust of teaching as a subversive activity.
Because the meddler is busy asking these kinds of questions (and yes, they are familiar - I have used them before) -
- What do you think? This allows students to make sense of and apply new information
- Why do you think that? This pushes them to provide reasoning for their thinking.
- How do you know this?
- Can you tell me more? This inspire students to extend their thinking and share further evidence for their ideas.
- What questions do you still have?
More meddling to come - did I mention it's my teacher inquiry? As you will be aware, I like to unravel my thoughts via the blog. Caio.