Editor's note: This is the first report in a multipart series examining the evolving teaching strategies utilized by teachers and school administrators in Graham.
As technology becomes more pervasive and seemingly essential to everyday life, especially as it pertains to the millennial generation, it should come as no surprise that strategies designed to teach these students in public and private schools have shifted from a “lecture-and-listen” style to a vastly more hands-on approach. Much of that shift involves the exponentially increased use of technology in the classroom.
“Gone are the days of the teacher standing at the blackboard and just lecturing to the students.” The previous confident statement comes from Ginger Robbins, assistant principal at Graham High School.
According to Robbins, her school is currently focusing on student participation as the keystone of its curricula. The teachers at her school are incorporating technology far more than previous generations of teachers ever have, and while Robbins says that this approach can come with certain pitfalls, the benefits far outweigh the negatives.
Case in point, Robbins extols the strategy put forth by Tracy Pippens (and a couple of other teachers at her school), a science teacher at GHS.
“In her science classes, she's flipping the classroom,” Robbins said. “She will record her little mini lesson. The students then take it and watch the lesson at home. When they come back the next day, it's all hands on. The whole class becomes the lab.”
Robbins said that one benefit of this approach lies in the fact that students can replay the lesson as many times as it takes to understand the material before applying it in the classroom. This has the added benefit of diminishing, at least to a degree, the ever-present modern problem of a poor teacher-to-student ratio.
Read the entire story in this weekend's edition of the Graham Leader.