Instruction begins when you, the teacher, learn from the learner; put yourself in his place so that you may understand… what he learns and the way he understands it. Soren Kierkegaard
Learning is something students do, NOT something done to students. Alfie Kohn
The desire to know is far more important than achievement and/or performance measures. Caine & Caine
The teacher is one who made two ideas grow where only one grew before. Elbert Hubbard
As teahers, we have the requirement – and the opportunity also – to be learners all the time, discovering more about students, curricula, and education as we go. That is no small gift. Young, Levin & Wallin
…There is no recipe for teaching. Young, Levin & Wallin
I touch the future. I teach. Christa McAuliffe
Whatever is good to know is difficult to learn. Greek Proverb
Education is not the filling of the pail, but the lighting of a fire. William Butler Yeats
The “Hidden Curriculum”
The teacher “teaches” and the students “sit and listen” or learn passively.
There is one “right answer” to any question, and it is in the book to be read.
The answer to most questions can be given in one or two words, and no one will challenge you to go deeper.
Books and teachers are always “right”, and we learn only from them, not from any other resources in the room, such as our friends.
If we wait long enough, a teacher will answer her own questions, so we won’t have to do much work.
The teacher is the only one worth listening to.
If we ask enough questions about a difficult assignment, we can get the teacher to make it easier and less demanding.
“Thinking” is not something we talk about.
If I memorize enough stuff, I can get a good grade.
Most tasks and tests will demand recall of isolated pieces of information, and I will not have to show how concepts and ideas are related or how facts illustrate underlying principles.