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The way we learn today…

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What can I say, teaching is all about learning. But the way we learn today, is not the way we were taught yesterday.

We were always taught that the teacher is the “fountain of all knowledge” – but today we know that when anyone, us included, have a difficulty or a query we would rather first turn to Google or to YouTube to solve it rather than go find a teacher and ask him or her. The same is happening in class. It seems that the role of the teacher has become that of someone who learners have to listen to, to be able to sit for the exam and pass. But what if our learners decide not to sit for exams? What if they really think that exams are not helping them learn what they need to get by in life? In that case, the role of the teacher becomes almost obsolete. The learners may ask, why do I need the teacher if I do not want to learn how to use a Microsoft Word program or how to program in Java? And probably in that context they would be right. Our responsibility as teachers is to show them that we are not there just to dish out content which they will need to regurgitate in an exam paper. We are educators, we have to promote a passion for the subject, not in terms of exams and papers, but in terms of how our subject can be applied in everyday life – to solve everyday problems and to help us and them grow in a way that they can be successful in life, whichever path they decide to pursue in life. Think of this when you design your lesson plans – think about how to help make better people with more advanced skills than they already possess and not just people who are able to reproduce content.

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2 comments on “The way we learn today…

  1. Sarah Buttigieg
    October 16, 2013

    I do believe that teachers nowadays teach a lot differently than the past ones, and this may even be due to the ever-changing world we live in. Students are more involved and in some classes even allowed to experiment and search by themselves. This creates passion for the subject. The teacher should create real life experiences for the students where they are encouraged to stop and think and the students will be gaining fundamental skills and knowledge which will help them not just in the subject area but in everyday needs.

  2. Bernice Schembri
    October 16, 2013

    Being a teacher vs being an educator

    The main difference between being a teacher and an educator is that an educator leaves a permanent impression on the taught, whereas a teacher teaches only the lessons that makes part of the syllabus . All teachers can turn out to be educators.
    An interesting site regarding this topic is:

    http://www.differencebetween.com/difference-between-educator-and-vs-teacher/

    An interesting quote which I found when I was searching was:

    A true Educator locates the intelligence and abilities within another, drawing them out for all, even the student, to see. And then steps out of the way, allowing them to develop, create and pursue their talent.”
    – L. Ron Hubbard

    As the quote indicates, an educator teaches each student according to their ability and intelligence because every individual is different and has their own way of learning.

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This entry was posted on October 9, 2013 by in reflection.

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