“A great teacher is one who realizes that he himself is also a student and whose goal is not to dictate the answers, but to stimulate his students creativity enough so that they go out and find the answers themselves.”
How can teachers grow if they don’t engage in continual learning? When teachers stop learning, they become estranged to the experiences of learning. Affective teachers identify with their students’ struggles, challenges, and excitements in the process of learning because they experience all these emotions on a daily basis…because they too, are LEARNERS!
New ideas are the keys to GROWTH! To obtain new ideas, one needs to constantly learn, be it in the classroom or outside of the classroom (exposure to new learning opportunities and environments).
The day a teacher stops learning is the day when he/she starts decreasing in value, expertise, and contribution. Since learning is a dynamic process, it is sustained by constructive and continuous effort. But to understand learning, one has to be a student (who knows better about learning than a learner him/herself?). Thus, a caring teacher strives to be a student first, before he/she attempts to play the role of a teacher! Needless to say, a good student always make an excellent teacher!
Copyright June 2006 by Dr. Edward Roy Krishnan, www.affectiveteaching.com
I want to thank Mr. Marthonoh Jessen for allowing me to use the quotation by Herbie Hancock posted on his site.