Innovative Teaching Methods VS Classical Education

Published on 21 July 2020

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Innovative, 3.0, Montessori or inverted education: all these terms are used to talk about these new teaching methods! Whether in the educational system or in professional training, new methods are emerging. What exactly are they about?

"It was better before."

We all have parents in our circle of friends and family who are questioning the new school programmes. As students before the '90s, these parents are confused by the introduction of new teaching methods. For example, they learned to read using the so-called global syllabic method by deciphering the letters to form syllables and finally uncovering words; today the semi-global method makes it possible to learn words even before combining syllables. Children then learn to read more quickly and fluently while developing their analytical skills. But habits are hard to break and teachers are often confronted with the confusion of parents who feel that the school is being too easy on pupils. Indeed, when one has grown up with a classical teaching method, it is difficult to project oneself into another model that can be adapted to certain profiles but not to others.

Then why change?

So-called traditional methods gave pride to work, standardised exercises and learning by heart, whereas the new teaching methods are part of a progressive intellectual development of the child or adult and are therefore more flexible and above all closer to their needs; they learn to build their knowledge. Hybrid training, for example, makes it possible to become more autonomous; autonomy is not synonymous with solitude, quite the contrary, since it places the pupil in his or her training path, making him or her the main actor and not just a spectator. Another example is peer-to-peer work, which brings together the sharing of skills and knowledge by learning to live in a community. These are all tools that future workers will be able to use in their professional and personal lives.

So, what's changing?

These new teaching methods, found from the very first years of schooling, encourage us to be curious and to learn how to move forward with our own resources and means. By learning this way, adaptation to the ever-changing world of work will come naturally. France's lockdown a few weeks ago showed us that tomorrow we will have to be able to change our working methods and therefore know how to adapt to it.

Where do we stand today?

These changes in school education for the younger children will inevitably have an impact on the older children of tomorrow. In the meantime, there are more and more colleges that are now using these new methods. Reverse teaching makes it possible to learn how to find solutions, to become curious, to be the driving force behind one's own learning. Thus, it leads students towards a different but necessary path to their integration into the professional world. Employers appreciate in particular these profiles who continue to learn by themselves and who will train themselves throughout their lives; they will proactively adapt to the evolution of the job market.

Even if classical teaching methods are still part of our culture and our way of learning, they are increasingly disappearing in favour of the new ones, which are finding an audience won over by these more concrete approaches, closer to the job market and to themselves. Discover Wild Code School, an innovative school of technology providing training based on the values of autonomy, perseverance, solidarity, team spirit and initiative: values that will give meaning to your professional future.