“Teaching” vs “Learning”

“Teaching” vs “Learning”

What’s The Difference?

Theodore Roethke once wrote:

“A teacher is One who carries on his education in public.”

Think about your best classes in school.  Were they the ones where you were just being talked to or lectured for the entire time?  I doubt it.  A good teacher doesn’t merely “teach” – a good teacher is one who is activated; is part of the class…  A facilitator – but also…  one of the students.

It is my belief that:  if one stops learning (which is essentially impossible) – then your Life is over.

There is not some magical point where one just “knows it all”…

(well, actually there is, but for most people, it takes thousands of lifetimes to get there, and that’s a different story 😉)

…and then one just “turns around” and teaches it all to everyone else…  And if you think that there is (as far as being a “teacher” is concerned) then I certainly don’t want to be in your class! 😀

There is a point, however – in any person’s development – where one realizes how far he or she has come with the help of those “ahead” of them.

Those who “reached a hand back” to help her – who took the lead, to guide him.  That’s what a teacher does…  at least, that is what they should do…  “Lend A Hand” – “Take The Lead”…  Help, guide, and explain what it is that they have seen that those “behind” them can’t yet see from their vantage point.

There are so many possible ways in which learning can happen.  And if there is not any learning happening from behind the eyes of you – the teacher – then I would bet that there is not much learning going on behind the eyes of your students either.

It is a “Two-Way Street”

Just because “teaching” is happening, that does not mean that “learning” is also happening.

There are many ways to explore the options available to a teacher in every situation in a classroom setting.  And since each classroom and each student is different, there are endless possibilities.

Please Don’t Limit Your Self…  Or Your Students

They are Your Teacher As Well

(this post was started back in 2009…  when I didn’t know anything about teaching…  and updated yesterday…  when I am still learning)


Have a Great Day!




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