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Here (courtesy of Prof. David Perkins) are three prompts that neatly summarise what teaching and learning are all about:
Go on, answer 1, 2 and 3 before you read on....
No time? Oh well, maybe later.
Those three prompts are the essence of teaching and learning. The first one asks you to recall your accomplishments and evaluate them to find one of which you're most proud.
The second looks at how you got to be so good, how you learned. Was it a lecture? A training course? Being allowed to get on with it? Repeated practice? Coaching? Being believed in and trusted? Inspired? Anything goes here, but the answers define, for you, what must have been a successful teaching and learning experience.
The final prompt is all about real live genuine assessment. Maybe you bake cakes well. You'll know because they disappear fast once hungry children appear and because you keep winning that first place in the village competition. Maybe you're a surgeon. You do it well. Your success stats are the highest in the hospital and you have a queue of students lining up to worship at your theatre. Or maybe you negotiate between individuals or groups who are fighting. You know you're good because the fighting stops after you've done your thing and peace follows. And maybe one time you picked up a Nobel prize.
Learning is knowing something new, being able to do some new and becoming something new - knowledge, skills and attitudes. Teaching is the experiences - planned or otherwise - that allow learning to take place.
Go on, disagree with me...see where we get....see what we learn in the process....
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