Teachers as learners, too!

I couldn’t resist passing this post along to you all. And I wanted to highlight the last comment here:

Teachers are learners. If they’re not, they shouldn’t be teachers. In a world where we can engage in our passions through the affordances of connective technologies online, we need to be thinking about how to personalize the learning of the adults in the room as well as the kids. This is not the easy route, by any stretch, but it’s the best route if we’re serious about moving the education of our kids to a different place.

I think this ties even more into what I was referring to earlier. As teachers, we must always keep learning, too. After all, if I’m stressing to my kids the importance of life long learning, how does that look if I’m not actively learning alongside my students? Glad I’m not the only one out there that thinks if teachers aren’t learning, then “they shouldn’t be teachers.”

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4 thoughts on “Teachers as learners, too!

  1. Well said! Lead by example… we try telling teens “Do as I say, not as I do,” but it just doesn’t resonate. Why should they have to do something we don’t expect ourselves to do. I could list more cliches (Actions speak louder than words) to prove this, but it’s just preaching to the choir 🙂

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  3. I complete agree with this statement. I think many teachers that shouldn’t be teachers have forgotten the importance of learning. They get into the groove of teaching, which instead turns about to be a rut.

    I feel that I am constantly learning from my students each day, as well as learning how to teach more effectively. One thing I will say is that sometimes it is hard. It is hard to make time to be a learner in regards to researching education. I feel like I haven’t kept up as much with reading NCTE stuff, etc.–granted I am applying for jobs, planning a wedding, teaching full-time, and driving 1 hour and 20 minutes a day…who knows 🙂

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