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Those Who Can't Do
If it’s really true that “Those who can’t do, teach,”
What can we expect the quality of that teaching to be?
If something is to be truly learned,
Shouldn’t all teachers be “doers” as well?
I do not believe that it is enough
To simply teach students what they must know;
Rather, we as teachers must equally show students why something is worth knowing,
And for this to happen we must have real experience “doing” something in the real world
Good teaching should be authentic, stemming from one’s own life experiences of “doing,”
And should strive to engage students with what really matters to them, to you, and to the world
Good teaching should be able to show how knowledge applies inside and outside of the classroom,
And should draw heavily from research, theory, classroom practice, and most importantly – compassion,
So at the end of the day, when we reflect on the work we have accomplished,
We can be sure that we have done humanity a favor instead of a disservice.