The Secret of Teaching…
Just about everything there is to know can be looked up in a book. This really is the secret to teaching.
Look it up!
People with inquisitive minds have been around for thousands of years and smarter and more inquisitive minds than yours or mine have already done the thinking and the inquiring and the writing down so if there’s a question then the answer is out there somewhere. You just have to look for it. Of course now, in the 21st century, we have the internet and Google so “look it up” has been replaced with “Google it!” Either way, all you have to do is take the time to find the answer. “Seek and ye shall find” my mother would always say. Although I’m pretty sure somebody said it before her and that’s where she got it from…ok I just Googled it and it’s from Matthew 7:7 in the Bible. Wasn’t that easy?
Although there is a little more to the secret than just “look it up” and that is where the word research comes in. Learning is about seeking and you should always look in several places and check your sources to see if the people who are giving you the answers are credible and honest and authorities on the subject. And always look in several places to make sure that the “authorities” agree.
Learning takes patience and leg work and an inquiring mind. Not all teachers are authorities nor are they necessarily being honest with you. A good student always checks everything out and keeps an open mind and isn’t afraid to ask questions. And a good teacher always demands this of his students and of himself. Teachers are facilitators. They help students find their way but it is the student who does all of the important work and who is the deciding factor in whether or not any learning is to be done. Come prepared to listen and absorb information. Pay attention. Inquire. Always keep seeking more information. There’s a lot to learn out there!
Three more secrets of teaching:
- The Dictionary—get a good one and keep it handy
- Encyclopedias/Encarta On-line—everything you want to know all the time. Don’t live home without one!
- A good Internet Connection—it’s the 21st century for crying out loud!