…classes on a daily basis, then he wanted to find a way to be a co-constructor of the course itself. He helped me realize the need to relinquish control of all the learning and to become a learner myself. He reminded me that sometimes, I need to be the student and I need to listen and I need to be challenged.
Not all those who lead learning, be it the teacher in the classroom or the principal in a staff meeting, are willing to open themselves up to this opportunity to learn from those they “teach”. I think this is one of the biggest barriers to shifting practice in classrooms and schools.
I learned this in my first year of teaching. I was teaching grade 1 and a student in my class was incredibly bright. I explained what an anthropologist was because we were talking about dinosaurs and he quickly corrected me to tell me it was actually a palaeontologist I was speaking about. Right then and there I realized that I had to be a learner as well as a teacher. It was in my DNA as an educator. Many do not carry this gene.