Learning to teach is something that we must all continue to do. It is not enough just to teach, but to learn in order to teach. If we have stopped learning, we are allowing ourselves to become ineffective teachers. Many people label us as teachers, those that teach others. But shouldn’t that label first be, we are learners. How can we teach what we have not learned ourselves? To remain effective in this time of high stakes testing, teachers must be willing to become learners first, to keep themselves marketable. If you continue to learn more about your profession you can become the change you want to see in it. I have begun to redefine my role in education as a learner first. I must be willing to learn from every opportunity that comes my way. Everyday has multiple opportunities to learn about your environment, those around you, and most importantly, yourself. If we begin to look for those opportunities to learn, we can become more connected to our students. We can begin to learn with our students instead of directing the teaching ourselves. Learning is an interactive process that allows everyone to engage in the process. Teaching is one perspective that is being voiced to the masses. There is a time and place for direct teaching, do not misunderstand me. But the learning does not occur during the teaching, it occurs afterwards. Students must have time to practice what has been taught for true learning to happen. If we begin to look at everyday as a time that we can learn and grow, we as educators will inspire our students to do the same. As I stated before, I am redefining myself in education. I am a learner first. I teach because I learn, not the other way around.
Make a difference in someone else’s life, it will impact them and you!