Re: Creative development ...
Thank you all for your cogent reflections and suggestions. I am still processing each of your comments and have put my response into my "incubator" for a bit. There are a few affordances that have come to shape the realm of the "academy" (higher education) and I am not sure that they always serve us to the best advantage.
By carol yeager (Carol Yeager)
on November 16, 2012.
Teacher has come to mean someone who is all knowing and has all the answers to most everything ... I personally believe that the answers are not the important artifacts; better questions are most important for continued learning. Joyce McKnight refers to the letters beyond our names ... rather than expounding upon my personal philosophy on those letters at this juncture, I would suggest that letters do not convey the end of learning, nor even the penultimate of learning ... we live a life of self directed learning, for the most part. Our social and business structures tend to force us into a rigid mold of what to learn, when, how and what the results (indicating an end point) need to be. And just what do those letters after our names mean?
The administrative structures control what the educators and educatees are required to attain in order to achieve some arbitrary "pinnacle" of assessment as to ability ... I am not sure what this signifies and why grades are so sacrosanct .. other than it is easier to look at a grade and make a decision of worth, than it is to write and then read an analysis of learning, skills and implementation and make a decision of potential value to an organization. As many know, even the job application process has been "streamlined" into online applications and computer programs searching for "key" words .. just to be able to be considered for an interview! Yes, grades, at least to me, are not a true measure of value. In fact, for years, ESC did not "award" (as in a contest!) grades at all. We wrote detailed evaluations of an individual's understanding and implementation of a set of concepts, ideas and skills. I do so miss that opportunity to inform myself and the student, as a reflective benefit, for both the student and myself. It is through those reflections that I have been able to better define what and how I can facilitate the learning in the areas in which I engage.
My passion is lifelong learning for everyone. The world changes so rapidly and will continue to increase at an even more rapid pace. We really do need to be flexible and self directed in lifelong learning to maintain our viability in contributing to our own growth as well as that of our children. It is inherent upon each of us to model the self learning leanings we need to prosper as a society.
Personally, I am a learning facilitator, not a teacher who thrives on control of knowledge ... the internet offers us the opportunity to "know" ... we need to develop self learning abilities to reflect, develop and implement what and how we learn. I posted an article on the differences between knowledgeable and knowledge able ...
Thanks to all of the respondents for giving me even more food for rumination ... more to come after a bit more incubation :) I have no answers ... only bigger questions.