Should Education Adapt or Adopt?
If you could choose only one, would you choose to adapt or to adopt?
Merriam-Webster defines adapt as to make fit often by modification and adopt as to take up and practice or use.
One letter off in each word. Both are transitive verbs. But one is to make and the other is to take.
Is it better to make or to take in education?
Innovative education is adaptive. It is ever changing, modifying, and developing into something entirely different.
Let’s use multiplication facts as an example. A student can listen to the teacher recite multiplication tables for 3s: 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 21, 24, 27, 30, etc. The student can write the list of 3s down. The student can recite and rewrite the 3s until they have have it memorized and can fly through their 3s. We can say that these students have TAKEN the instruction.
But does take equal internalization? Can they explain why 3 times 7 is 18 to someone else?
Caught ya! 3 times 7 is 21, not eighteen. But why?
If instead the students use manipulatives to create 3 times 7 equals 21, and then they repeat the experiment with different objects over and over again, will they discover that 3 times 7 of anything and everything will always equal 21 because when we add up three groups of 7 we will always count 21 total?
Which method will students be able to explain and teach to someone else? The information that they can adapt or the information they simply adopt?
Adaptive teaching, changing our instruction to meet students’ needs, is imperative to helping students internalize new concepts and content.
What have you done in the past week that has been adaptive?
This post is part of the Blogging from A to Z Blog Challenge. My posts this year will be about innovative teaching strategies.