I'm Not a Teacher
I'm Not a Teacher1 min 464 1 min 464
'Learning is not the product of teaching. Learning is the product of the activity of learners.' -JOHN HOLT, American author and educator
When I posted on my WhatsApp status that I'm a writer, my colleague Shiva asked me if I'm not a teacher. I don't consider myself a teacher. I think of myself only as a guide to my students.
A teacher-centred approach was in practice when I was at school. In those days, the focus was more on how much the teacher taught. But in today's learner-centred education, we have only facilitators where there is less teaching and more learning. Students take part more actively in the learning process.
You cannot teach cycling to children just by drawing a beautiful picture of a bicycle, explaining its parts and telling them how to balance. The child should get onto the bicycle, pedal it, fall down, get hurt and ultimately learn how to ride. You support the child only when he loses balance.
The saying "Teachers open the door, but you must walk through it yourself" implies that teachers motivate students to enter, but students would only fall down if they are pushed. Teachers show the right path to students, whether or not the students walk the path is up to them.