Methods & Strategies: Responsive Teaching and High-Stakes Testingby: Jennifer Radoff, Amy D. Robertson, Sharon Fargason, and Fred Goldberg

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This column provides ideas and techniques to enhance your science teaching. This article focuses on responsive teaching, an instructional approach where the teacher seeks to understand the substance of students’ ideas, to find “seeds of science” within students’ thinking, and to build instruction on the basis of students’ ideas.

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  • on Sat Feb 02, 2019 7:25 PM

I have seen a shift with our education. There has been a shift in the way we teach and assess our students. Educators have been shifting from the traditional methods of teaching by the book and standards to a more student approach learning. Responsive teaching allows educators to build upon students’ interest and background knowledge and use this to create lessons and activities. Responsive teaching allows students to explore and investigate their hypothesis without being directly facilitated by a teacher. Some teachers do find that responsive teaching takes up more time than teaching by the curriculum. However, the responsive teaching approach shows that students outperform in mandated tests than students who are in the traditional classroom. As an educator, myself, I do find concern with time and not being able to get through the curriculum, but I want to incorporate this methodology into my lessons and see how my students will progress.

Julienne Buendia
Julienne Buendia

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