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Error-Free Learning is Actually a Thing. *facepalm* And, It’s Really Stupid!

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I was teaching a year 10 science class a few years ago. I asked the students to write a short prediction (a hypothesis) about some experiment I was about to have them do.

A girl in the back looked like she was really stuck. I quietly walked over to her. She was a very sincere, bright student. She whispered, “Miss, I don’t know what to write. How should I start this? What if I’m WRONG?

The response wasn’t being graded… wasn’t even asked to be read out loud. The hypothesis was simply for the student’s own reflection. Yet, she was so scared to write down the wrong thing. In her heart, she couldn’t bear to be wrong. Read the rest of this entry

Trying to Teach a Child vs. Being a Facilitator of Learning

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When I was doing my teaching degree, we learned that ‘gone are the days of blabbing in front of a classroom of students, whose minds are empty vessels‘. The teacher needs to stop spoon-feeding information. We learned that the better roll of a teacher is to step back and let the students take charge of their learning. Facilitating learning, rather than ‘teaching‘, supposedly makes learning more authentic and more meaningful to students. The students are supposed to become more self-motivated and the learning becomes fun and self directed. It sounds awesome, right?

But, I never really ‘got‘ it. Mostly due to the sheer number of students in my classroom, along with having to meet deadlines and deal with behavior, overcrowding, underfunding and disengaged students. I often found myself standing at the front of the classroom, spewing out content. Exactly what they taught us NOT to do. Even now, at my university job, where we teach the value of being a ‘facilitator of learning‘, I find myself ‘teaching‘ way more than ‘facilitating‘. ‘Teaching‘ takes a lot of energy and makes you feel tired. Read the rest of this entry