One of the many blessings of being the rabbi at The Davis Academy is that I’m afforded daily opportunities to reflect on the most basic components of education: teaching and learning. Here are a few gleanings from my day (in no particular order).
- True learning is, by necessity, transformational. If we’re truly learning then our future self will, by necessity, differ from the person we are today.
- Classroom learning is most impactful and exciting when students are able to connect their learning to real life.
- Two people can look at the exact same thing and see completely different things.
- In all great classrooms there are multiple lessons being taught at the same time.
- You can’t bake bread without flour.
- Growth is wonderful, healthy, necessary, and beautiful. And sometimes it’s also painful.
- Teaching in the absence of learning is not an absurdity, but rather an impossibility.
- We all connect to passion and do our best when our motivation is sincere and compelling.
- It only takes a moment or two to know when you’re in the presence of a master educator.
- The sound of deep learning is as glorious as any symphony and in many respects more redemptive.
- Thoughtful, respectful, and authentic dialogue and conversation are cornerstones of teaching and learning.
- Children have many teachers and are constantly learning.
- Reflection is that set of activities, skills, dispositions, and capacities that allows any learner to become his or her own teacher.
- Teaching and learning are not only about imparting knowledge, but also about helping one another to encounter the wisdom within.
It was a great day! So was yesterday. And I’ve got a pretty good feeling about tomorrow! Educator friends: what did y’all reflect on about teaching and learning today?