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Echoing what has already been

Echoing what has already been said, power teaching (or whole brain teaching) seems to be as problematic, if not more, as a purely didactic form of teaching. After seeing the video, I feel like power teaching creates robots, not learners. For one, there is too much emphasis on imitation and repetition. Moreover, students didn’t take notes and there was no space to ask questions and that isn’t conducive to learning. If I was taught this way, I’m pretty sure I would hate it. Power teaching treats students as all being the same and ignores their individuality and the fact that everyone learns best in starkly different ways. It also kills creativity. I also wonder about the practicality of it. Would teachers be willing to do this? Would you be able to cover all the material needed? Would it work for more complicated concepts? The only thing that deserves any attention is learning by teaching, but I’m sure there are better ways of incorporating that into the classroom.


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