Teach more, hover less - lessons from secondary education

Morrissey, Sean (2023) Teach more, hover less - lessons from secondary education. University of Strathclyde, Glasgow.

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"Helicopter teaching" is a phrase coined by Miriam Plotinsky, a secondary school teacher in Maryland, USA. She describes this phenomenon as a form of micromanagement where the teacher is "controlling every single aspect of instruction." Helicopter teaching is often driven by fear that without the teacher's control, the curriculum will fall apart, pacing will be off and students will be less focused. However, it can also signalise to students that teachers don't trust them.