Tuesday, September 09, 2014

three steps...

The three steps to learning, are: 
  • 1. Witness. 
  • 2. Do. 
  • 3. Teach. 
Witnessing is best if it involves all the senses, not just one. Doing should be responsive to what you or the child have witnessed. When a child can teach what they've learned, that means that they have learned to a greater depth at which they have been reflectively engaged.

Today, my first graders were so excited to go to wood shop, and my 4th grade students informed me that woodworking is their favorite class. I hear that kind of thing all the time. My middle school students worked on their mechanical drawing, and I conducted a brief introductory lesson in the use of Sketchup.

One of my students claims to know enough already that he could teach sketchup to the class. Knowing that accepting the responsibility to teach is one of the best ways to assure depth of learning, should I take him up on the offer?

Make, fix, learn and create...


  1. Scott Kutz5:37 PM

    Doug, If the student is truly ready and able to teach SketchUp to your class, have him demonstrate his capabilities to you beforehand, such as before school or during his lunch period. It could turn out to be a good thing! Good luck - let us know what happens!


  2. Make him a mentor/tutor for students who are having trouble with the software?


  3. You have a very enviable job. I enjoy reading about your teaching, especially so with the younger ones.

  4. Bob NJ12:03 PM

    Absolutely! Give whatever support needed. So if they do "fall", they won't feel like never trying again.

  5. Hi Doug,
    Yes, I think you should take him up on the offer to teach a lesson on the use of Sketchup. I would vett himn first, then let him proceed if you think he can do the job. His lesson may not be perfect...all the better. What better way for him to discover just where he is and is not competent, both at the same time.