A response to Dan Meyer

Filling the pail

Following my previous post, I have been engaged in a discussion on Twitter with Dan Meyer. I like Dan. He comes across as a nice guy and has the rare ability to stick to the issues without making things personal. There are a few people out there who could learn from that.

If you are unfamiliar with Dan then you should check out his blogand his TED talk. He is a big deal.

Dan has taken issue with me about a fewpoints on Twitter and so I thought that I would take this opportunity to expand on my thoughts a little.


I do not generally describe explicit instructionas ‘lecturing’ so why not? Well, lecturing implies a lack of interaction. It is clear to me that effective instruction involves ensuring students’ attention. In my own teaching, I attempt to achieve this by peppering any ‘lecturing’ with questions…

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