Wednesday, May 5, 2010

banking vs problem posing education

The discussion that we had on this topic was quite interesting. That is because unless you have a very strong curriculum and lots of ideas, then it is really hard to only conduct a problem posing classroom. It is almost inevitable that a banking method is present in each classroom. Even in our class, though problem posing is strived for, banking is still there. It's especially hard when the principle or whoever is in charge expects you to teach using banking. That is because schools generally teach in that way. If any of us think back, or even now in college, banking is present and that's what we are used to. Plus, it is easier to just spew information out on children and have them take a test than it is to conduct an open discussion, especially on topics that the students aren't so informed on to begin with. Or if there is a lack of participation then problem posing is even more difficult. Usually problem posing forces you to participate, but often times even if they are put in a group and asked to do some sort of job, they don't do that job asked because they don't want to. With banking, all you have to do is have them sit and "listen", it is up to them if they choose to hear you and if they don't they will most likely fail.

Problem posing is great because it evaluates you on your skills and matches you with people of your skill. Where as in banking you are placed in areas based on your grades. Often times though you can still be very disadvantaged and often can struggle in your placement. Then there is the possibility where the teacher does not want to help you or is unable to help you so you keep failing and get no where. It is of course important to try to incorporate both problem posing and banking education into your plan. That way students are still engaged and eager to participate. Also you can keep them alert and have them think about what is being taught instead of just having them sit there and have it go in one ear and out the other. Everyone likes a fun class that is also informative that they can participate in and share their ideas. In this way they feel part of a class and like intellectuals rather than insignificant insects that you can just bounce information off of.

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