Today my Mommy is learning how to belay through Guided Discovery.
I am so proud of you Mommy! For the past week, I have spent a few hours using a Guided Discovery teaching style to teach her how to belay. Mom has got a new set of climbing gear and wants to come climbing with me, but before I can trust putting my life in her hands while I climb, I need her to understand the “ropes.”
Rather than using the conventional way of teaching… where the learner listens and the teacher does a show and tell like this:
My approach of Guided Discovery is very different. That isn’t to say that this approach isn’t a fabulous way to learn… all I am saying is that I choose to challenge the conventional pedagogy of teaching with an unorthodox style of Guided Discovery to foster a love of learning, in a very different way. I will be exploring this concept more as I progress through my Masters.
“It is not what you say that matters but the manner in which you say it; there lies the secret of the ages.”
Not everyone is accustomed to this style of learning, and with that, not everyone is open to this style of learning. I am lucky to have a mother that knows that I use a Guided Discovery approach, that invites times of discomfort, frustration, unknowing, and a feeling of giving up. This vulnerable state is where I believe lies that love of learning. With this understanding of the Guided Discovery approach, mommy jumps in with both feet, with a smile on her face eager to learn.
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