Cuban’s Guiding Principles

In a recent post, Larry Cuban described his “guiding principles on teaching, learning, and reform”. They could be mine as well. Below I have included his points & a few comments. Be sure to read the entire post – context matters!

  1. No single way of teaching works best with all students. Because students differ in motivation, interests, and abilities, using a wide repertoire of approaches in lessons and units is essential. …

  2. Small and slow changes in classroom practice occur often. Fundamental and rapid changes in practice seldom happen. … Over the decades, experienced teachers have become allergic to reformer claims of fast and deep changes in what they do daily in their classrooms. As gatekeepers for their students, teachers, aware of the settings in which they teach, have learned to adapt new ideas and practices that accord with their beliefs and that they think will help their students. …

  3. School structures influence instruction. The age-graded school structure, a 19th century innovation that is now universally cemented to K-12 schooling across the U.S., does influence what happens in classrooms in expected and unexpected ways, depending on the context. …

  4. Teacher involvement in instructional reform. … The history of top-down classroom reform is a history of failed efforts to alter what teachers do daily.

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