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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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