Teaching for Tomorrow is a book written by Canadian teacher, Ted McCain. In this book he outlines his practical ways to prepare our students for the 21st century by providing a ‘real-world’ curriculum. In it, he outlines six ways to teach for independent and higher learning.
1 Resist the temptation to ‘tell’;
2 Stop teaching decontextualised content;
3 Stop giving students the final product of our thinking;
4 Make a shift in our thinking – problems first, teaching second;
5 Progressively withdraw from helping students; and
6 Re-evaluate evaluation.
Below I have outlined each of these points both from McCain's book and my perspective.
Resist the temptation to ‘tell’
During the 20th century, teachers were considered to be the fountains of all knowledge. These were the people who had read the books and knew a great deal about the world.