Is it more about what you can teach or what they can learn?

    In a workshop, an educator shared their reluctance to try some of the things that I was suggesting with students in their classroom. Luckily, I had students joining me in the workshop and asked them for some feedback. I shared a video of a student making a “Mitosis in 60 Seconds” video where they had to explain Mitosis but in a 60 second time constraint.
    I asked the students, could you figure out how to make this video without the guidance of your teacher?
    Their answer was “yes,” but their expression was more like “Duh!”
    I expressed the following, and it was shared in a tweet by one of the participants:

    The shift needs to go from ‘I can’t teach what I don’t know’ to ‘What can my students show me they know’ @gcouros #BAISDfall2018
    — Jenni Dast Thunberg (@jennithunberg) October 10, 2018

    Never limit a student by what you don’t know.
    School should be a place about their learning not only what you can teach.
    This doesn’t mean that content knowledge isn’t essential, but the hope of each generation should be that the next generation is wiser than the previous. If we limit our students to our knowledge and only what we deem necessary to learn, we will stagnate their growth as well as that of society.
    It is not only okay for students to explore and figure out ideas on their own in class, but it is also necessary. There is power in being able to make the statement to a group of learners, “I am not sure how to do that, but I know you can figure it out.”
    Empowerment is about developing learners to NOT need you. For that to happen, they will have to be able to create their solutions and pathways in their formal education, so we can ensure that they can do it after their time in school.


    • Show Comments (0)

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

    comment *

    • name *

    • email *

    • website *


    You May Also Like

    What do we mean when we talk about “access”?

    What do you think when you hear the word “access” when it comes to ...

    Our Biggest Investment

    You can have the best designed school, with all of the infrastructure in place, ...

    ​What We Can Learn from Carly Rae Jepsen and the Harvard Baseball Team

    The following excerpt is from my new book, The Innovator’s Mindset: Empower Learning, Unleash Talent, ...

    The Fallacy of the “Either/Or” Scenario

    I am visiting a district in Pennsylvania soon, and as a “Twitter Challenge” before ...

    The Paralysis of Fear

    Image by “Perfect is the enemy of done.” I saw this quote and ...

    3 Reminders for the Beginning of the School Year

    It is such a pleasure to work with schools at the beginning of the ...

    “Is this good enough?”

    cc licensed ( BY ) flickr photo shared by Bigbadvoo I had a great ...

    The Pain of Silence

    I saw this tweet from Chris Wejr yesterday: 3 Ways to Know If Your ...

    Creativity, Daydreaming, and Cat Videos

    Think about this question and answer honestly. Do you ever check your Facebook at ...