DONT FEAR THE UNKNOWNJulia Alden
WHEN WE THINK ABOUT EDUCATION AS A WHOLE
it becomes clear that there is a myriad of elements that are important to its success and usefulness, such as:
Supportive learning environments
HOWEVERThinking these elements are are all equally
important is a common mistake.
Nothing is more important, impactful, and interesting to the world of education than students.
LETS TRY TO IMAGINE THE INNER WORKINGS OF A STUDENTS BRAIN
Its a constant stream of:
Information that they know for sure
Information that they question
Information that they dont know at all
PERHAPS EVEN MORE INTERESTING
than the knowledge they may or may not have is what they might choose to do with it.
What isnt often celebrated in the classroom, and the education industry as a whole, is the power of I dont know.
I DONT KNOW When educators observe an I dont know moment with a
student, they need to see it as an exciting mountain to summit, not a deep ditch that needs to be crawled out of.
Not knowing is exactly why theyre in school in the first place. To learn, not to know
What I dont know typically signals is the student is missing information. Educators need to shift their focus from what their student may be missing to how they can gain that knowledge
While answers given to teachers are, essentially, teacher-currency, it is the power of inquiry which holds everlasting powerful, because its a student-centered and self-sustaining process.
The most exciting moment in a classroom is not when a student shoots their hand up, the answer desperately clawing to come out of their brains and mouths. Its when a student encounters an intellectual road block and is able to troubleshoot it on her own. That is when a teacher knows they are doing their job.
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