Major Teaching Myth: “Always ask before you tell”


Short post: Having seen this going on a lot, I tweeted this yesterday and it seemed to resonate with people:

There are no hard and fast rules in teaching and teachers need to judge when to ask and when to tell.  It can be useful to have a sense of students’ prior knowledge; it’s important to make them thing and make connections.   However, the point here is that, very often, it is perfectly sensible to tell students things upfront and yet teachers feel weirdly inhibited from doing so.  I’ve lost count of the number of teachers who have told me they were trained…

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