A Confession: I am a TED junkie. I could spend all day watching TED videos, and I have been inspired, motivated and amazed by so many of them.
Diana Laufenberg’s talk in December last year however, spoke directly to me. I have seen first hand the amazing advantages of experiential learning, and the combination of that with Constructivism (in which the learner attempts to construct their own knowledge) lends itself to a much much more powerful form of learning than one can imagine.
To be able to teach (especially the way Ms Laufenberg has) I think we, as teachers/educators need to
a) TRUST – trust that the children will learn what they need to know, in their own time and in their own way. We also need to trust ourselves to give and allow them time and opportunity to learn, even through, or especially through their mistakes.
b) Have PATIENCE – Patience to wait for the children to ‘see/find’ the answers; and patience to answer the questions they might have or point them in the direction of the answers.
c) Have HUMILITY – to share experiences and also to admit that one does not or cannot know everything and learning is life-long.
d) be CONFIDENT in own methods of teaching and in the children’s capability and capacity to learn.
Do you have any thoughts to add or know of other inspiring teachers?
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