Learning More Than You Teach: The Mark of a True Master
Rather than "working on" people, strive to work with them.
Posted Nov 11, 2011
And if we look outside our borders, particularly to developing nations, we see even more challenging problems. How do you teach 60 children in one classroom? How do you inspire learning with only a blackboard and a dirt floor? How can children study when they are hungry? How do you reach girls, when the culture frowns upon educating them? How do you train teachers who have only attended maybe 3 years of schooling themselves?
Would you donate computers to schools in Central America?
Would you design student-centered curricula focusing on exploratory learning for underprivileged children in Southeast Asia?
Would you establish a training program to equip African teachers with modern classroom management skills?
Would you lobby for a girl's academy in a Middle Eastern country?
Would you abolish standardized testing and reinstate the arts and physical education in a conservative American school district?
Or would you stop, look, and listen?
He had the opportunity to present his approach during last spring's graduation ceremonies, as he was chosen to be the HGSE Convocation 2011 Student Speaker. In his much lauded talk, he asked:
This theme of learning more than you teach has a potentially broad application-and benefit. Working in education, health care, business, the arts, etc.; with adults or children, colleagues or clients, a focus on learning can yield the following:
- You remain open and humble, instead of becoming a closed-minded know-it-all.
- You continually hone your craft, sharpen your ideas, and widen your horizons, instead of becoming stuck in what you already know.
- You facilitate others' exploration of what you yourself have studied, instead of directing or imposing your own views, solutions, or style.
- You remain curious and respectful when anyone comes up with a new insight or a different way, instead of sitting in judgment.
- You listen, encourage, and walk with folks on their unique journeys, instead of insisting they do it your way.
By learning more than you teach, you become a true master.
Have you ever been in a teaching or mentoring position where you ended up learning more than you taught? What were your take away lessons?
For the rest of Jared's speech, view it here: