“I tried to teach according to the whole-part method.
I would show them the whole thing to begin with.
Then I’m going to break it down into parts and work on the individual parts
and then eventually bring them together.” John Wooden
We use the whole-part method method in two ways. First we characterize the whole lesson, the parts and then learn the parts – at the end we summarize what we have learned.
Secondly, we portray a clear progression of skills – from those already mastered to those still to be learned. We tie skills to be learned to careers. We celebrate when we can claim newly-won skills that brings us closer to our goals.
In this way we are sure to be on our way to help students ‘make the effort needed to be the very best students they can be.’