Essential Question: What is the relationship between teaching and learning?
What a great question, what is the relationship between teaching and learning? I am not an official teacher, not yet anyway. I have been an instructor, a trainer, and a mother. Teaching to me seems very official. The very definition of teach is ideas or principles taught by an authority (merriam-webster.com). Teachers have been appointed to deliver a lesson plan or lecture. I am saddened by teachers that just read a textbook/slideshows and offer no opportunities for students to be engaged. They lose the chance to inspire their students through their teaching.
Learning is open and flexible. We are all learners. Teachers that learn with their students seem to bond with them through the experience. So to me teaching seems more one sided and learning is an open experience for all to participate. Learning is the activity or process of gaining knowledge or skill by studying, practicing, being taught (merriam-webster.com).
I was an IT tech for the Anchorage School district for five years. I have been in all Anchorage schools, and I have seen many different approaches to teaching. I saw teachers that talked at their students; these students seemed to be less engaged. Then there were teachers who learned with their students. These kids were engaged and excelled compared to the other students. I have always wanted to be the type of teaching that inspired students that were not motivated to be inspired to learn. I want to show them the benefits that learning can bring and how easy it can be.
The relationship between teaching and learning to me go hand in hand. Of course, you can teach without your students learning – but why? More importantly, you can learn without teaching. We have discussed many concepts in this class where we offer students a place to learn and then let them discover new inventions on their own – without teaching.
I love this new movement in open concept. It reminds of two Steve Jobs statements that hang in my workspace:
I feel like the statements support Genius hour, you give the students the tools and workspace to tinker. Then step back and watch the genius surface.
Martinez, S. L., & Stager, G. (n.d.). Invent to learn: Making, tinkering, and engineering in the classroom.
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