The advent of the internet has been a game-changer for many, but notably for those in education.The information at our fingertips should be a rallying cry for educators to immerse ourselves in that which is going to push us forward and grow us in our craft.
A few posts ago, I posed the challenge to be more intentional as a teacher and learn to be a lover of reading. As those who model before our students, it is both our duty and responsibility.
Recently, I had a comment on one of my posts from a fellow WordPress blogger. My charge to you today is to check out his site titled Teaching & Learning in Higher Ed. I resonate with his front-page vision statement: “Good teachers are those who care about their students and want to grow more effective at helping them learn.” There is a lot that I like on this site.
It is true that growing more effective will take place over time as a professor matures and learns through experiences and the school of hard knocks. But even more important is the idea that professors grow effective in their pedagogy and learning process as they engage with educational research.
I like how Maryellen Weimer puts it:
This great repository of experiential knowledge – what is justifiably called the wisdom of practice – remains unknown and devalued. Until it becomes characterized by the kind of intellectual rigor that faculty associate with scholarship, it will ineffectively advance instructional causes (Learner Centered Teaching, p. xiv).
And so today I push you to look at another blogger’s site that appears to have some like-minded passion about education and the engaging classroom – we cannot have too many of these. To get a clear overview of his theme, I would suggest reading his education Manifesto. Clear, passionate, and direct. And then subscribe to his blog. Yes, I know you may think you have no time but you need to make time. This is an easy way to to improve your own scholarship as a teacher.
Weimer says it straight: “We are all now in favor of learning, just as we all aspire to be thin, but we have not changed what we cook and serve our students” (Learner Centered Teaching, p. xii). A hearty “Amen!” from this blogger. Now get reading and change the world (or at least your own classroom)!
Community Input: What do you think about this idea of teachers and scholarship? Agree? Disagree?