#edblogaday Celebrate Teachers

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Celebrate Teachers

Remember your best learning experience? Chances are it wasn’t a test, a skill, or a set of facts. Chances are it was the interactions and relationships while completing some assignment. Chances are it was the “doing,” and most often the “doing together.”

Why do we or should we celebrate teachers?  Because they dare to find the best in the students and the best ways to engage them. Because they dare to overcome the outside mandates and create learning experiences that matter most: a classroom community of learning together using the strengths students bring to help each other learn. It’s creating that atmosphere of doing and learning together — and learning how to do that — which helps kids learn what it means to participate, support, and succeed in any endeavor.

Teachers reach each kid, and guide each of them to reach out to others to share what they know. Teachers nurture a sense of community so that each person can become a leader of their communities in the future.

They embody, in small and large moments of learning, what John Dewey explained:

Give the pupils something to do, not something to learn;

and the doing is of such a nature

as to demand thinking;

learning naturally results.dewey_doing

Celebrate teachers:

they are the human element of the classroom that inspires the future.


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2 thoughts on “#edblogaday Celebrate Teachers

  1. Sheri, you point out the importance of relationships and the human element that teachers bring to a classroom and the content. I always think of this when I see articles that question if technology will replace teachers and I truly don’t think this will happen. People value relationships and even in full on-line situations where someone doesn’t meet face-to-face, relationships can be developed.
    ~Jennifer

    • Thanks Jennifer, I agree — even fully on-line venues include the conversation and discussion that builds relationships and deepens understanding. And with Skype and Google Hangouts, the visual and auditory almost face-t-face- can occur. It adds another dimension — but our humanity shines through in our conversations, even if only online. My PLN is filled with people I respect, laugh with, and consider issues with, and I’ve never heard their voice or seen their faces person to person. But oh, such joy, when we do: because we “know” them! And that’s why it’s so important to truly know our students– caring is community. Thanks for stopping by.

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