You know how we don’t see things as they are, but how we are? And sometimes we have hard time understanding, because the new information doesn’t seem to fit in? The same goes with your students, of course, and even more so because they have not yet learned to recognize their own filters.
Being able to help students create their own worldview is quite amazing. We as teachers are trusted with great responsibility! Being significant adults in our students’ lives we are also co-creators of their futures, and that makes me feel very humble and honoured, indeed.
One essential thing to teach your students as an all round survival skill is the ability to choose some of your own filters.
My current chosen filter is the 3C – approach for learning and teaching. It stands for cognitive, constructive and cooperative learning, and it empowers students to become autonomous learners. It places the student into the nexus of learning and helps them understand what and why they learn and become accountable for their own learning.
I strongly believe that these three components are also essential for good quality teaching.
Without cognitive part your students will never become critical thinkers – because there is nothing for them to think about, they are just asked to pass and perform.
Without constructive part students will never understand their own learning and become active learners – because knowledge is imparted to them, and someone else decides about the truth.
Without co-operational part students will never find learning meaningful and important – because they are objects in their own learning, performing learning tasks dictated by others.
Looking forward into the future (on this last day of 2011), and wondering what today’s students will grow into. But that is the teacher’s job always: prepare students for the unknown future.
How do you want to equip your students for their journey?