Go! Fill in the blank: The purpose of teaching is _______________.
I know we all have our own opinions about what education is, in fact I hope to see some of your thoughts in the comment section. For me teaching is meeting each and everyone where they are at that present moment in time. It is about modelling and growing a future generation to care, love and be creative. That being said I often question what teaching is because I wonder if everyone thinks the way I do (which by the way I know they do not and that is a good thing) So I ask you, my readers, What is the point of teaching? What is its purpose? How do we know we are meeting that purpose?
I may have blogged about this before but recent presentations have made me think about these questions.
In past research I came across this statement:
The purpose of teaching is to help students learn…~Cathy Fosnot
Now I think we would all agree with this statement. In fact, I would hope that no teacher would disagree. However, this was not what got me thinking. It was the last part of the sentence that really made me ponder.
..however, without learning there is no teaching. ~Cathy Fosnot
When I first read this statement I said to myself is she implying that if my students do not learn then I am not teaching? And to be honest, yes she was. I have always said teaching is an art form. I know that everyone thinks that they can teach but good teachers know how to make people learn. It is the learning that makes teaching rich and important and not everyone does this.
So let me turn this over to you, what do you think teaching is? How do you know you are doing it?