beat of your drum

  Peter Dewitt posted an article in EdWeek, Why Does Teacher Talk Still Dominate the High School Classroom?  This is a topic full of complicated nuance, add a dash of cognitive dissonance, and complicated traditions. But seriously:  why do we insist on talking so much? Well: it’s easier in the short term. But like all actions that require preparation, it exacts too many long term costs. My epiphany in the last post concerning teacher agency aligns with this: we don’t learn when someone in the room talks constantly, so why should our students? We don’t love when someone hands us…