Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.
Upon completion of this lesson on John Dewey, students will be able to:
- Cite evidence when answering questions about a video.
- Describe Dewey's approach to education.
- Understand and use domain-specific vocabulary.
Common Core Curriculum Standards
Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources, connecting insights gained from specific details to an understanding of the text as a whole.
Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary that makes clear the relationships among the key details and ideas.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including analyzing how an author uses and refines the meaning of a key term over the course of a text (e.g., how Madison defines faction in Federalist No. 10).
- differentiated instruction
- problem-based learning
- progressive education
- Copies of quiz
- Copies of the lessons
- Access to computer/internet
- Copies of state standards
- Miscellaneous materials determined by each group
- Various clips of teaching techniques
Video & Discussion Questions
- Preview vocabulary words.
- Watch John Dewey on Education as a class, and discuss the following questions:
- Describe John Dewey's background and experiences that qualified him to develop education philosophies.
- What is progressive education?
- What is pragmatism?
- What might you see happening in a democratic classroom?
- Compare child-centered to teacher-centered approaches to learning.
- How does an interdisciplinary curriculum encourage problem-solving?
- What is the teacher's role according to John Dewey?
- What types of projects would students engage in, in a Dewey-inspired classroom?
- How did Dewey pave the way for problem-based learning?
- Pass out the printable worksheet. Have students complete the questions independently, then check the answers together.
Lesson Plan Activity
Materials: Copies of lesson, paper, pens, access to computer/internet, Copies of state standards, miscellaneous materials as determined by each group
- Review vocabulary words and discuss their use in the context of the lesson.
- Divide students into small groups according to grade level bands (elementary or secondary).
- Have student groups choose a grade level and a science, language arts, and math objective that they will teach.
- Have student groups write two sets of lesson plans. One set of plans will teach the three objectives using a traditional, teacher-based approach. The second set of lesson plans will use an interdisciplinary, Dewey-inspired approach.
- Students will collect and provide all necessary materials to teach both approaches to the class. Lessons should be modified so that learning can take place within approximately a 15-minute time frame.
- After each lesson, have a class discussion about the techniques used and student outcomes. Encourage students to use vocabulary words while discussing Dewey's philosophies in action.
- After all groups have had a chance to teach their lessons, have students write a reflection paper that describes John Dewey's education philosophies, examples, and a personal statement about how Dewey's philosophies will influence their lesson planning in the future.
Materials needed: video clips of various teaching techniques, paper, pens
- Show students video clips of students engaged in a wide range of learning activities.
- Discuss and name the philosophies that have influenced the teacher that planned each activity.
- Have students create a chart that lists the philosophies, activities that match the philosophy, and their impression of the effectiveness of the activity.
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