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A thought about educating vs teaching

Thinking back, most of the teachers I had were simply teaching the subject. Some of them had absolutely no enthusiasm whatsoever. I remember a particular teacher who used to sit down and just talk. She would get sidetracked from the lesson multiple times and would tell us some stories which were unrelated to the subject. She had such a lack of motivation that when she wanted to write something on the whiteboard, she simply stretched her hand and wrote without even looking at the board.

A few of the teachers did try to “educate” and not teach. Some of the teachers I saw at my observations last year had quite good ideas which allowed them to get the class involved such as using the interactive whiteboard or showing them famous videos which they had already seen and then designing the lesson to move around these things while the students are entirely focused on the content.

“Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth learning can be taught.” 
   – Oscar Wilde


3 comments on “A thought about educating vs teaching

  1. mariamicallef
    October 22, 2013

    We can easily judge and recognize our past teachers that had a “lack of motivation” as you said but I think that it is even more important to remember those teachers that did their best to make us learn and keep them in mind as good examples of what our goals as teachers should be.

  2. berniceschembri12
    October 23, 2013

    There were teachers who simply teach the subject with no motivation at all, but these type of teachers sill exits. So it is not a matter of time or how old is the teacher, what matters the most is how much the teacher is dedicated to her work.

    It is true that nowadays there are more engaging resources for students in the classroom, however there are still teachers who do not use any of them and stick to the traditional learning. There should be more awareness and training for these resources.

  3. sarahbuttigieg12
    October 23, 2013

    We learn most of the things without its being taught to us. Children learn fundamental things such as walking, eating, talking only through experience. So it is our job as teachers to find the best way to educate our students—one important way I believe is being able to create experiences for these students where they will be active in the subject area and learn themselves by trial and error. Eventually this will invoke interest in them and make them enthusiastic about the subject.

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This entry was posted on October 22, 2013 by in education, reflection.
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