this is my view on 'teaching' as I don't believe we are
there to attempt to teach children anything, but only there
to provide opportunities in which they can learn at their
own interest and readiness.
What are we 'teaching' ?
So you're a teacher?
Ask yourself this, what do you teach?
And your answer? Well maybe you would answer: I TEACH
children, I TEACH adults, I TEACH Maths, I TEACH Physics, I
TEACH English. . . well let me distinguish. . .
How? How you do you TEACH these things?
According to the dictionary to teach means "to impart
knowledge to or instruct (someone) as to how to do
something" Well I guess the next question would be who
needs to be taught? Infants? Toddlers? Children? Parents?
Adults? Sisters? Mothers? Fathers? Brothers? Who?
Everyone needs someone to teach them right? Wrong.
Why not? It's really quite simple. . .
Children don't need to be taught to walk, but they need the
space to take their first steps and the motivation.
Children don't need to be taught to talk, but they need the
opportunity to be involved in conversation
Children don't need to be taught about the environment, but
they need the opportunity to experience creation
Children don't need to be taught to be polite, but they
need the opportunity to experience positive communication
So you see the difference, teaching vs. providing
As humans we are born as a social being. Right from the get
go you are surrounded by other humans and through each and
every interaction your perception is adaptable. We rely on
other people to shape our views and values of the world but
not everybody is compatible, so how can you TEACH a room
full people the same thing when it is generic and
mechanical. Society dictates what everyone should know but
if not everyone is the same and learns in different ways
why are we put in box and told right from wrong and that we
When children are born their minds are open and free from
the influence of society's pressure, so instead of telling
and measure, let them explore and treasure.
There is no need to fill a child's mind but instead provide
opportunities in which they can open it.
As Albert Einstein said "I never teach my pupils, I only
attempt to provide conditions in which they can learn".
It is really that simple. If we changed our thinking and
took a step back instead of teaching we could provide the
right track. Open their minds instead of filling with ABC,
from there they can see the world with the full potential
of what it could be.
How would you like to learn? Would you appreciate being
told what to think or having the opportunity and support to
Being told that sand is rough or smooth, cold or hot, wet
or dry, or experiencing the fresh air with your feet in the
sand and sun on your skin.
So I ask you again, what do you TEACH?
And at last I'll leave you with this
Tell me and I'll forget, show me and I may remember,
involve me and I'll understand.
Hide not your talents, for use they were made, what is a
sundial that is kept in the shade.