My Math Class Weblog

January 2, 2011

What is the role of a teacher?

Filed under: Uncategorized — KymInKorea @ 8:21 pm

Quietly as it is kept, the role of a teacher is the most misunderstood concept that future teachers have. I thought, like others do, that I was hired to teach : share knowledge so that students would learn that same knowledge. Boy was I ever wrong.

My initial attempts at understanding my role as a teacher failed miserably because I was under the mistaken impression that being a teacher is mainly about teaching. How wrong was I! If that was really my responsibility, than I was performing it day in and day out exceptionally well. Unfortunately, the students weren’t learning. The I attended a workshop where the presenter said that we as teachers our hired not to teach but to get our students to learn.

It shocked me and was definitely a game changer in how I perceived my responsibility as a teacher. The title of teacher no longer demonstrated what I did, but really and truly exemplified what I was doing wrong. So every year when I get more and more frustrated at the lack of effort of my students I remind myself, that I must be doing something wrong and I need to stop trying to teach them and instead focus on facilitating their learning.

So I’m reading/listening to Dan Pink’s book Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us. I hope that after finishing this book I’ll have more of an insight about what I need to do to better facilitate my students’ learning.

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