Peg Tyre shares four observations about blended learning:
- There is no magic device that helps kids learn more.
- For the most part, education software is worse than you think.
- Tech-assisted personalized learning is not going to be the answer for every kid.
- Technology-assisted personalized learning is not going to get rid of a central problem in American schooling: We are not training and retaining nearly enough great teachers.
Great teaching is not easy:
Master teachers are something like NBA stars; they have a seemingly endless supply of tiny, almost gestural moves that can have a big impact on a kidâ€™s cognition. They make split-second choices about how to introduce new ideas, speak in a way that resonates, order concepts for maximum comprehension, and reinforce ideas and skills. Those choices depend on the teacherâ€™s reading of the subtleties of a specific situation.
Just like NBA stars, few are master teachers; we need more.