Teaching Teaching & Understanding Understanding

November 12, 2010 at 3:29 pm Leave a comment

I finally watched Teaching Teaching & Understanding Understanding on my iPad during the flight from China.  It’s only 20 minutes long, and it was given away for free at the SIGCSE Symposium a couple years ago, but I just hadn’t gotten around to it previously.  (I have mentioned enough times yet just how long that flight was?  🙂 The two hours grounded in the Tokyo airport while police interviewed passengers who had “seen a security breach” made it feel even longer.) They made the movie to emphasize “constructive alignment” — the idea that you should test what you teach, and that should be what you actually want students to learn.  That was okay, but not my favorite part.  I liked the characterization of different stages of being a teacher: From blaming the students for a lack of learning, to being about what the teacher does, to finally being about what the students do.   I recommend it.

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