Sunday, March 27, 2016
teaching in reflection.
Readers have asked about the difference between teaching children and adults, as though one might be easier than another. There are differences at various stages in what the brain is capable of doing, and there are differences in the ease with which learning takes place.
As I reflect upon my own experience, I will share my observations. I invite others to do so as well. First, I am convinced that we each have the capacity to examine our own learning styles and should be encouraged to do so, particularly if we are to wrestle control of education from the detached "expertise" that has made such a mess of schooling.
So a few questions are in order. Think about a situation in which you learned a lesson of particular significance. How old were you? Where were you? How many students were present? What were you doing? Were you working alone or being taught? Which of your senses were engaged? Was one of your senses predominant in what you learned? Who was teaching? Are there lessons to be drawn from your own schooling that might lend themselves to the creation of an ideal school?
Make, fix, create, and extend to others the love of learning likewise.