Reflection on Constructivism in the Classroom
While I was reading this article, I remembered what Herbert M. Kleibard (2002) stated â€śThe injunction to keep order has become so supreme that it simply swamps the teaching functionâ€? (p. 132). Because it is nearly common idea that a teacher is regarded as a good teacher if s/he keeps order in a classroom, most teachers donâ€™t venture to break the order with the knowledge that studentsâ€™ independent projects, inquiries, and discussion would be better for studentsâ€™ effective learning.
I also think one can argue that teachers tend to teach by the way they were taught. In my case, I have never been taught any subject areas with any technologies. I was just sitting quietly and listening to my teachers talked. So did other classmates. So, not only teachers who have been taught like that feel uncomfortable in the noisy classroom, but also they donâ€™t have any ideas to create the new style teaching.
However, technologies do exist in the present and are open to students for effective learning. By reading this article, I felt a deep need to learn more about how to use technologies in teaching for studentsâ€™ effective learning with motivation and engagement although I was struggling with PowerPoint and have trouble with Web page designing now.
Kleibard, H. M. (2002). Changing Course: American Curriculum Reform in the 20th Century. NY: Teachers College Press