Thursday, March 31, 2011

Teaching or Learning?

And here we come to one of the really damaging myths of education, namely, that learning is the result of teaching; that the progress of the child bears a direct relation to methods of instruction and internal relationships of curriculum. Nothing could be farther from the truth.


From "THE LIVES OF CHILDREN
The Story of the First Street School
By George Dennison"

This quote is so true. As I "teach" my children and really begin to understand how they learn I have found that most of their learning is not due to my teaching but despite it. As a mother and a home school teacher my ego would like me to think that I am Very Important in the process of my children learning but I have learned that I am here to facilitate, encourage, guide and love only, not to teach. What teaches my children is not inside me but is innately within them. Their strengths, their interests, their view of the world!! All this is a much bigger part of what they learn and how, than what I am as a teacher or the curriculum I use.

Best wishes
Jen

1 comment:

  1. Very timely comment - thanks for reminding me!

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