- 06/01/2017In June 2015 the Globe and Mail featured an article by Peter Klein where he contests the widely used quote "Those who can do, those who can't do, teach". He asks us to think again and also offers others quotes from the same play that drew this infamous one. I must admit it is tempting to lazily repeat this kind of humbug about teaching and doing being at odds with each other, which does not help me one jot developing as a learner.Those who can't do, teach? Think againwww.theglobeandmail.com A student once taught me a lesson that transformed my career as a teacher and as a journalist: Question the way we do what we do, and improve...
Comments08/01/2017 #6 Vincent Andrew"We get comfortable in how things are done, and have always been done and those who do not have the chance to be challenged by curious, bold young minds are often relegated to doing things the same old way. Those who can't teach, just do – and that's a shame."
Cannot agree more.07/01/2017 #4 CityVP 🐝 Manjit#3 Good point Deb. We move further by standing on the shoulders of the great then we do if we think the 21st Century is about reinventing the wheel. There are 21st Century faculties which are entirely new which make some form of traditional teaching out of mode, but there are great minds who offered timeless thoughts. It is the reason I go to Toastmasters, not because it is a great organization, but its founder Ralph Smedley was a great educator - and I still have to delve into the three books he wrote to rekindle his desire as an educator and not simply because his specialty was the art of public speaking. Your point is well taken. This weekend I will also be going through your book, so I look forward to finally commenting and spreading the word on that.07/01/2017 #3 Deb🐝 Lange#2 Dear @CityVP 🐝 Manjit I was very fortunate, my first studies were in teaching and I was privileged to learn with leading people who were then talking about Deschooling society, teaching as a Subversive activity, students who were not empty vessels, rather students who had existing knowledge and who needed guidance in learning how to learn. I can recommend some very great books written many years ago. Just because something is written a long time ago does not mean it is old methodology. these writers were leading edge at the time and it has taken a long time for education and teaching methods to be evolved from instructional, top-down methodologies. remember our first schools in the 18th Century were designed to teach compliance and order so people could become good factory workers. Times have changed we ned people who think for themselves and who can think collectively. We need wisdom.06/01/2017 #2 CityVP 🐝 Manjit#1 I think that there is a courage in teaching which isn't there in learning because the two are inextricably linked - it is when learning is decoupled from teaching that standing outside the fire.
Teaching can also be decoupled from learning and then we have the talking head, the know it all, the dictator, the prima donna and that was essentially the age of broadcast.
The profession of teaching is a doing and if we don't believe that then study a teaching course, especially one that teaches the skills of managing adult learning. The college I attend regularly has an adult education certificate https://caps.sheridancollege.ca/products/adult-education.aspx which I may enroll in some future year.
Even if we study such a course, the way our world is being networked means that we may be learning yesterday's pedagogy - and the doing in teaching then is our innovative capacity to further multiply the coupled relationship that is teaching-learning.
We do learn most when we teach, but that is not simply a sharing, it is a doing and there is much skill in that doing; as there is also a place for teaching which remains a physical space for that doing, which is considerably enhanced by virtual space as a diversity of teaching options.06/01/2017 #1 Deb🐝 LangeI have always thought if I want to learn something better, share it with others. As I explain what I have learnt I learn more from The questions and comments of others. So I believe if we all practised sharing and teaching with an intention of learning we would all get better at these things:
being humble rather than arrogant;
Being curious rather than thinking we know it all;
Learning rather than memorising:
Being a connector of ideas rather than a separator;
Being able to build relationships rather than create distance and hierarchy .
And these are only a few.
I believe we need to look at our values and beliefs of teaching and educating . If we think teaching is all about knowing something and transmitting it to others we limit the learning for ourselves and others.
If we believe teaching is about sharing what we have discovered to help others discover what is relevant and purposeful to them and to discover new knowledge our methods and practucrs will be different.
Comments02/07/2016 #2 CityVP 🐝 ManjitI can put the picture of every boring math teacher that I have known, whose definition of math taught me to avoid this subject rather than embrace it, and if the educational system is blind and stupid, it is in this traditionally defined area of mathematics and how it is defined from an encyclopedic view that is the greatest loss. Otherwise the math I have discovered today is one related to beauty 1: http://bit.ly/29giSqL 2: http://www.cut-the-knot.org/manifesto/beauty.shtml 3: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-h-bailey/why-mathematics-matters_b_4794617.html
- Producer02/07/2016Where did all the Math go during the long holidays?In this fascinating article by Harvard's Graduate School of Education, students on average lose 2.6 months of learning in Math over the summer. Now that's a great loss of learning for anyone. Why? The article claims that many parents — and their...
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Posts on what improves teaching and learning in general, not necessarily school or university subjects. are most welcome. Feel free to share how your students / employees / you learn in your everyday setting. Debate on the various theories of learning will clarify what works in the classroom. Hopefully the experiences shared can help to inform appropriate pedagogy.