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So what’s my job?

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An assessment researcher said once that

The role of the learner is not to passively receive information, but to actively participate in the construction of new meaning.

B. L. Shapiro, 1994

I would not disagree with that at all. In fact, much of the recent buzz in the K-12 social studies education movement has focused on the idea that kids need to be doing more and sitting less.

Thinking more. Analyzing more. Evaluating more. Creating more.

But if the role of social studies students is to actively participate in the construction of new knowledge, it sort of raises another question, doesn’t it?

What’s my job?

Complete the following sentence:

The role of the teacher is not to _________ but to __________.

16 Comments Post a comment
  1. Erika Sponsler #

    not to deliver but to facilitate

    May 1, 2013
  2. T #

    The role of the teacher is not to teach but to facilitate learning.

    May 1, 2013
  3. The role of the teacher is not to just be present and be the “giver” of knowledge, but to provide and facilitate intentional instructional opportunities to challenge and enage students to actively construct those new meanings and ultimately yearn to learn more. At the end of the day, students should be more tired than we are if we are doing it right!!

    May 1, 2013
    • glennw #

      I love your last sentence! You’re exactly right. Thanks for sharing.

      glennw

      May 2, 2013
  4. The role of teacher is not to Dictate, but to Facilitate

    May 1, 2013
  5. Jason Johnson #

    The role of the teacher is not to guide but to provide!!

    May 1, 2013
  6. “The role of the teacher is not to do the heavy lifting for the student but to guide, direct, and facilitate the heavy lifting done by students.”

    I think I made the mistake as an educator of mining, refining, molding and polishing up information and concepts to present to my students. Thinking if I did so they would understand it. What happened was that these students would be able to recognize the infomation and concepts in these pure refined conditions, but couldn’t recognize them in the real world. I should have had them do the mining, refining, molding and polishing so that they developed an appreciation for the potential benefit of this concept or information. I have often said I probably should apologize to the students I taught in those early years.

    May 1, 2013
    • glennw #

      Man! I would be scared to go back and talk with some of my former students / parents. I had no clue whatsoever.

      glennw

      May 2, 2013
  7. The role of the teacher is not to give the correct answer but to ask the correct question.

    May 1, 2013
  8. Cindy Medeiros #

    … not to lecture but to inspire.

    May 1, 2013
  9. Nate #

    I could not agree more. The role of the teacher is not to enunciate but to engage.

    May 1, 2013
  10. The role of the teacher is not to tell but to teach.

    May 2, 2013
    • glennw #

      Michael,

      I’m loving all of the comments! I appreciate everyone sharing their ideas but perhaps yours is the simplest yet most complex. It’s easy for us to just tell kids stuff but we have to resist that idea and focus on the teaching.

      Thanks again.

      glennw

      May 2, 2013
  11. I am going to send this statement out to all the students in my middle school to gather their responses. It will be interesting to hear their perspective

    May 2, 2013
    • glennw #

      Aaron,

      I would love to hear how kids would complete the sentence! Please share back some of their responses.

      glennw

      May 2, 2013

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