Getting Students on Board
I am curious as to the best method to get students on board and “trained” in a new system? As a middle school teacher, I have the same students up to three years in a row. Each year I change my lessons, and admittedly I’m not that predictable of a teacher from day to day even, but this will be a significantly new set up.
I have a potentially interesting predicament of having students (an entire grade) that want to be lectured at and directly told the steps or the formula to the solution. I could go on and on, but really they just prefer “efficiency”. I predict that I will experience some push back from them about the length of the exploratory learning process, its being worth it as it could have been completed faster if I just told them, as fun as the lesson could be. Some of this could be the result of self-doubt and risk aversion, of course. What are the more beneficial teacher moves to set the tone at the beginning of the year?