I call it the 20% teaching rule.

I call it the 20% teaching rule.

Teaching is not about giving everything away to the students. We know that you have a degree and 40 years life experience, but if you disclose everything to your class then it not only leaves your class with no questions, but it stifles their individuality and inquisitive mind.

The 20% rule works to develop the independent child who can ask questions of himself and then find solutions to find the answers. All skills required to solve 21st century problems like global warming.

The 20% rules works like this;

When teaching a subject such as volcanoes, don’t tell the class everything you know, but tell them enough to get excited, enough to be inspired!

Then ask them what they would like to know, as a group generate a list of questions regarding the subject and give them a deadline to produce some research on the subject.

Allow them to work with whom they please and represent their research in any way they choose. When the deadline is up the children present their work to the group.

And there you have it. The 20% teaching rule. Building independent, research based learners who choose their own research questions and work in a way that suits them.

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  1. Abha Jadhav
    1 year ago

    That’s really great Gavin. The teacher who leaves their students curious for the next class or the topic taught , creats better connection with students are most liked by the class. Children wait for such teachers to come n teach in class.

  2. Ruvinie nanayakkara
    1 year ago

    yes I totally agree. By encouraging the child to explore and improve his curiosity and his thirst for more information on that subject will give the child confidence and build an authentic child. I enjoy reading your articles as I have been practicing active learning through all senses. keep up your good work. Thank you for sharing all your brilliant ideas.

  3. Amer
    1 year ago

    Thanks for your never ending inspirational notions.

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