Musicians’ First Teachers: What can educators do to sustain interest?

January 15, 2014 at 1:27 am 1 comment

What can the teacher do to inculcate interest?  What responsibility does the teacher have to sustain interest?  If there is a way to teach that can be effective, don’t teachers have a moral obligation to teach that way?

In general, findings from studies of interest suggest that educators can (a) help students sustain attention for tasks even when tasks are challenging—this could mean either providing support so that students can experience a triggered situational interest or feedback that allows them to sustain attention so that they can generate their own curiosity questions; (b) provide opportunities for students to ask curiosity questions; and (c) select or create resources that promote problem solving and strategy generation.

via Musicians’ First Teachers « Annie Murphy Paul.

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  • 1. Kathi Fisler  |  January 16, 2014 at 6:02 am

    I’m most intrigued by the following snippet from the original (linked) article, summarizing earlier research:

    “the most important characteristics of the students’first teacher are the ability to communicate well (friendly, chatty, encouraging) and the ability to pass on their love of music (through modeling [and] playing well)”

    What ways do we have to “model [and] play well” in early programming classes? It is showing students how we work through problems from start to finish? I think of how often I get caught up in teaching students a construct or detail, even using a curriculum based on a rich design process. It’s an interesting lens through which to critique lecture design.



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