Does your teacher 'teach' you?Posted: 9th of December 2014 by
Some young people complain about teachers or lecturers that don’t teach them anything and what a waste of time and money (where fees are involved) this is. How fair a criticism is this though? What is the role of a teacher and what is best for people who are trying to learn?
For many young people, their expectations rest on a mistake – they think that learning is something that is done to them, rather than an activity that they take part in and they fail to understand that teachers and lecturers are there to help them to learn and to achieve their best. They are not there to simply dictate facts or splash them up on a PowerPoint slide show and have young people copy them down dutifully.
No one doubts that there are some teachers out there, who would probably be better suited to a different career, but there is a difference between being a bad teacher and being the kind of teacher that ensures that young people explore, research and actively learn about topics themselves rather than relying on being told – for many this is seen as a mark of an excellent teacher, not a poor one.
Why is it important to discover rather than simply being told
There are some very good reasons for having young people take charge of their learning. Firstly, being active in researching means that you are much more likely to understand the topic and that means than come exam time, you are more likely to cope with those exam questions that deviate from what you have covered in class – meaning better exam results. The other good reason is that when you leave education and begin working full time, your employer will expect you to use your initiative to get the job done and not rely on someone having to tell you everything – it’s a great skill to have not just at work but in life generally.
It does seem odd that so many young people want to be independent and to be treated like the young adults that they are and yet at the same time appear to want to depend entirely on teachers when it comes to their learning. So, come on those of you busy moaning about your teachers not teaching you – show everyone how independent you really are and be thankful that you have a teacher who is making you do your bit as well as helping you develop your life skills.
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