Teachers Changing the Way We Read, Write, Think, and Live
Teachers as Learners, Part 27
“What if we hired learners first?” Will Richardson, author of Learning on the Blog, makes a valid point when saying this. People are too concerned about teachers being able to teach, but not about the process and work that goes into being able to get to that point. He mentions how we look at previous teachers that influenced and put a picture in our mind of what teaching is all about. But in reality, nothing stays the same forever. Teachers need to remember that in order to be an effective teacher, you must forever consider yourself a learner. You must be a good role model and show your students that you are constantly trying to figure things out. This allows for the students to connect with you and see that you aren’t so different from them. The only difference is that teachers show the students what they have learned, to help further their understanding of the subject matter. We must stress the importance of continuous growth.
It is important that educators are open minded to new ideas. Richardson mentions how he once held a class for teachers about learning new technology for their classrooms. He says how he is hurt by the fact that the teachers only showed up because they were getting paid over time for it and had no interest of getting anything out of it. If this attitude begins to change, we can be on the right path of moving forward. I believe this is a major issue of the education system at this time. Teachers are refusing to learn more and would prefer to stick with what they know. Perhaps if they were able to see first hand from other professionals and get to see a live class experience of how technology enhances a class, it can make all the difference. Rather than wondering what it would be like, they can visualize and get a better understanding of what the buzz is all about. Unfortunately, teachers are setting the wrong example for students. If they expect their students to learn, then they should look at themselves and ask them the same question because we need to all work as a team in order to move onward successfully.