Do we worry about teaching more than learning?

How can we switch educators mindsets from “What am I teaching today?” to “What are my students going to learn today?” And “How can students SHOW what they have learned in their own individual way?” According to this article shared with us after the debate last night, “traditional education focuses on teaching not learning.” The article suggests instead of “teaching” we could use the phrase “explainers of something to someone who wants to find out more about it” which at the core of learning is “how to make links between my mind and another’s”. This was a cool way of thinking about teaching which is exactly what I try to do every day in math-explain it to my students in a way that they can relate to and would make sense to them. I have never thought about teaching that way before. We are not just passing on the knowledge we are the conductors of the “meeting of the minds”.

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What should students really be learning in schools anyway? If we can “Google” it then why do we need to learn it? Well, I think it is the concept of “learning” itself that we should be encouraging our students on “how to think” not “what to think”. I mean the actual process of Inquiry. How many educators actually teach the skills students to need to encourage curiosity, creativity and problem-solving? The question is not “What do you know” but rather “How will you discover that?” or “Why does that work that way?” If the answers to our questions are always at our fingertips,(literally) then how can we, as educators, encourage and nurture the idea of being curious about the world and how to create and solve their own questions? Learning should not be imposed on students but should be “largely the responsibility of the students themselves”, according to Ackoff and Greenberg. Are classrooms reflecting self-directed learning today or are we confined to teaching the content we need to cover in the curriculum?

I agree with Kyla’s Blog Post that students need to learn more about the “real world” and I like her idea of adding “Financial Literacy” to the curriculum. I think if students were problem solving with scenarios this would give math a more real-life context. It would be a great addition to learning math skills and career education at a much younger age.

What are your thoughts on what and how we teach our students in the world today?

 

 

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3 thoughts on “Do we worry about teaching more than learning?

  1. Wow, great post Wendy. You outlined some great key points. I totally agree with you when you state that “well, I think it is the concept of “learning” itself that we should be encouraging our students on “how to think” not “what to think”. Teaching our children how to think, not what to think, can have many benefits. After their educational career, children more than ever are going to need these important skills such a communication, critical thinking, and problem solving in order for them to be successful in society.

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  2. Wendy, I agree with we should be focused on how to think or what to think! We need to encourage curiosity, creativity and problem solving through a variety of activities and in a variety of subjects. You can spark all of these skills in health, science, career ed, social, and even PHYS ED! Students need to understand how to work with their peers to come up with new ideas and challenge old ideas. This is what will help them in their future careers, where ever they end up.

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