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Appreciate the points

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Appreciate the points mentioned, Andrew.

For too long, especially in my country, teachers are trained to be "gap fillers", transferring knowledge to fill the "gaps" in the learners' brains. But recently, learning design is getting more and more attention and teachers are made to be aware that, in order for learning to be maximised in the classroom, their roles are really important, as the designer of learning.

Director, Antioch Center for School Renewal

I really appreciate this

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I really appreciate this post! I think we often think more about the inputs and outputs- what we're going to do and what the kids are going to do in return- rather than taking a systems approach to instruction. Margaret J. Wheatley explores the whole systems- thinking approach in Leadership and the New Science.

I also use Quinn's Six Questions (http://schoolreforminitiative.org/doc/quinns_six.pdf) as design tools, just to keep my own thinking squared away.

Grade 6 Teacher, Tokyo, Japan

The notion of 'Empower

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The notion of 'Empower Yourself' particularly resonates with me, and I'm sure many, if not all teachers have experienced the cognitive dissonance between the theory and practice of 'being a teacher'.

I invite you to read my related post, Metateaching: Teachers as anthropologists and designers (http://ideasymphony.blogspot.jp/2013/03/metateaching-teachers-as.html).

Educator & Writer - Providing tools for success in School & Life

Excellent points, Andrew. I

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Excellent points, Andrew. I especially like the point about not blaming our students. I always remind myself that every brain is designed to learn. My goal is to make the content interesting and relevant, so that my students want to absorb it!

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