During an #rscon10 session last week led by @AngelaMaiers, Angela challenged us to “stand up in front of kids not as a master teacher, but as a master learner.” What a powerful statement. I immediately tweeted that out as did others.
This statement alone is very powerful and it’s an important one for us teachers to reflect upon. It helps me to remember that my job as a teacher is more than just teaching, it is leading and coaching and modeling. In this day and age, it’s not just about how smart you are. It’s not just about memorizing facts and figures. (We have immediate access to that.) It’s much more about what you do with knowledge and how you shape your opportunities to further yourself. You need to be a constant learner!
When I look at my own teaching, I always seem to think that I never do enough modeling. Modeling how to think through problems, how to attack unknown words, how to plan a piece of writing. But it’s more than that, it’s leading by example. What does your work area look like? Do you read while your students have sustained silent reading time? Do you persevere when things get tough or get frustrated? Do you show curiosity and creativity throughout the day?
Our students pick up on everything we do and it seems we can teach them a much more rich curriculum if we do so by exemplifying what it means to be a masterful learner.