Teaching truths

“This above all: to thine own self be true.” ― William Shakespeare, Hamlet Our predilection to stick to what we know in instruction can in fact impede learning.   It may be more helpful to our practice to establish "truths" that ground us in our philosophy and practice of teaching. In Chapter 2 of The Skillful Teacher, … Continue reading Teaching truths

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Blissfully ignorant

https://www.ted.com/talks/stuart_firestein_the_pursuit_of_ignorance   There is a common perception that science is a "well ordered mechanism" and neatly organized knowledge is accumulated through the scientific process.   The truth is, knowledge generates ignorance.  Or as Immanuel Kant puts it "Every answer given on principle of experience begets a fresh question" I think as educators we need to change … Continue reading Blissfully ignorant

Mirror Mirror….

Image By Paul Reynolds (Flickr: Reflection) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons) In Chapter 2 of The Skillful Teacher Brookfield share his core assumptions on skillful teaching.  One that stood out for me and my own personal development is that of "...adopting (ing) a critically reflective stance towards their practice". The Teaching Perspectives Inventory … Continue reading Mirror Mirror….