Thursday, February 5, 2009

Education quote

Instruction begins when you, the teacher, learn from the learner; put yourself in his place so that you may understand… what he learns and the way he understands it.

-- Soren Kierkegaard


Ron's Blog said...

Very nice quote! I fully appreciate the power/value of the quote, but I believe one should not be "gender" specific. I would substitue "in his" with "the student's" and "he" with "the student" ;-)

Ron's Blog said...

Sorry, but my OCD is kicking in: "substitue: s/b "substitute".

Dr. Luongo said...

Good point, Ron!

I wonder what year this quote was stated. I am guessing mid-1800s.

Thanks for a gender-appropriate modification.

mmdspc said...

This quote is so true. We have learned that most of teach the way that it was easiest for us to learn. We all learn differently and will all have a different perspective when things are presented to us. When our students learn something, we are forcing our idea of how to learn something "into" them before they have had a chance to process the question or problem and assemble their own ideas. Many times we blame them for not following us - not paying attention to us - but in actuality they are processing their own approach. Because of time constraints we don't allow our students to learn something the way they understand it - we jam our way of understanding something into them!

.diana. said...

This is a great quote! I think that this does not only apply to education, but many areas of our lives, in general. If we were to put ourselves in the place of others, it would help us understand the way people think.

In education, we must often think the way our learners think in order to help us anticipate what they may present to us. As I continue in my student-teaching, I often find myself thinking about possible questions in relation to the material so that I can have prepared answers and I can control where the discussion can go.

Thanks! :)

Kristen Pryblick said...

I think this is a great quote. It is very true that the educator must try to put themselves in their students position when planning how to teach. Not all teachers do that and it can be at times a difficult task trying to reach each one of your students in their specific learning style. By putting in the effort your students will really appreciate it.

Thanks for posting

Heather said...

I really appreciate this quote especially being that I am currently student teaching. I am learning this first hand right now.