Are you saying that inquiry-based learning is "entertaining"? I doubt that my students would agree. They would say it is a lot of work, challenging, demanding. And frequently enjoyable. I'm not sure "entertaining" would come to their minds.
Certainly learning self-discipline in the face of disagreeable situations is important. But I'm not sure that a math classroom is the best forum for that. Perhaps we could have them break rocks in the hot sun for one hour every afternoon. Or force them to work at MacDonald's every night after school. :)
>>A common fallacy is that inquiry-based learning implies lax classroom >>discipline. To me the bottom line is holding students accountable for their >>behavior (respectful, attentive, etc.) no matter what instructional style > >I agree. Often times, inquiry-based learning involves more discipline, >particularly self imposed discipline by the students. > >But I also think the kind of discipline I alluded to about the Catholic >school piece is important as well. Listening to lectures, taking notes, being >actively involved in something which is not totally engrossing shows a very >high level of self discipline. > >We do not exist solely to be entertained. > >Dan
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