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Teacher sets the tone

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Margarita:

True teachers, like yourself, are constantly learning. That attitude and the enthusiasm you bring to the learning that takes place in the classroom becomes embedded in the hearts and minds of the students. We have to keep learning, and we even learn from students we are supposed to be teaching. I will check out quibly so I can learn too. Thanks for your thoughts.

Ben Johnson
San Antonio, Texas

[quote]A personality does play an important role, agree with you Ben. Also, I think it's important to have empathy for students so it's build trust and more relaxing and engaging atmosphere in the classroom. I've checked with Quib.ly. Experts there have always interesting comments. I fallow Roberto Catanuto there, he always shares interesting ideas. If you like you can have a look here: http://quib.ly/qu/what-makes-a-good-teacher[/quote]

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Amanda:

Thank you for the comment. While teachers who "teach" abound, teachers who know how to help students learn independently are rare. I am encouraged that you will be one of the latter. Good luck in your career.

Ben Johnson
San Antonio, Texas

[/quote]I was really interested in reading this blog as soon as I read the title because I think this is true, that great teachers don't teach. I have heard this in many classes from many professors. I think we as teachers activate students knowledge and help guide them onto inquiry.I think it is true that when your students are excited and engaged in the discovery in your classroom you are succeeding in your teaching profession.Overall I agree that teachers instill and give students direction into their learning and they can take off with all the knowledge![/quote]

Amanda Swanson

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I was really interested in reading this blog as soon as I read the title because I think this is true, that great teachers dont teach. I have heard this in many classes from many professors. I think we as teachers activate students knowledge and help guide them onto inquiry.
I think it is true that when your students are excited and engaged in the discovery in your classroom you are succeeding in your teaching profession.
Overall I agree that teachers instill and give students direction into their learning and they can take off with all the knowledge!

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A personality does play an

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A personality does play an important role, agree with you Ben. Also, I think it's important to have empathy for students so it's build trust and more relaxing and engaging atmosphere in the classroom. I've checked with Quib.ly. Experts there have always interesting comments. I fallow Roberto Catanuto there, he always shares interesting ideas. If you like you can have a look here: http://quib.ly/qu/what-makes-a-good-teacher

Veteran Public High School Teacher Who Didn't Flee The Classroom

With respect, the author

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With respect, the author reads like yet another classroom fleeing educrat/ consultant who wants to turn the classroom into a Dave & Buster's arcade, relegate master teachers to mere facilitator status (guide on the side rather than sage on the stage - gag), and disregards the VERY REAL pressure of test score components in current teacher evaluations.

Such an approach also runs counter to the educational theory (also flawed) of - buzzword alert: Differentiation! Are there some students who benefit from what Mr Johnson is advocating? Probably. Are there some (many?) students who absolutely thrive in a traditional teacher-centered classroom approach? Yes! Establish rapport, establish credibility, and teach. There is NOTHING wrong with utilizing lecture/discussion methodology - if implemented properly and competently.

Are the nations that are beating us academically (although it MUST be pointed out that those societies make NO attempt to educate EVERYBODY, unlike the US) featuring this overly student centered approach? For the most part, they are not. And what Mr Johnson is describing here is possible ONLY AFTER SOME TYPE OF NON STUDENT CENTERED CONTENT TRANSFER HAS TAKEN PLACE!!!

Also: I'm willing to speculate that when Mr Johnson presents this theory of methodology (for which I suspect he's well compensated), he utilizes speaker centered, lecture style techniques to "impart" it.

Ponder is a higher order literacy tool for inquiry-based learning

BIngo! This is exactly right.

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BIngo! This is exactly right. I bet most readers' memories of their favorite teachers involve active, engaged classrooms where the students are in the spotlight. Whether it's an off-topic digression of a discussion that suddenly students realize is essential to understanding the main point of a reading or a project where students are trying to find an evasive solution to some problem, the teacher played the role of facilitator. S/he wasn't doing the thinking for the students.

At Parlor, we believe we are building a product that helps put students in the driver's seat by allowing their reflections on readings to guide discussions and empowering them to contribute new content to the class curriculum. We hope this will engage students more deeply and provide an opportunity for all those great teachers to facilitate learning in the way you've described.

Great post! Thanks!

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