Week 8 Robotics: Can you Teach More Than You Know?
I believe that you can teach more than you know. Just think back when you were a first year teacher. Did you know everything that you had to teach? Well I know I didn’t. I got a mentor to help with lesson plans, and talked to other teachers. Even then, I didn’t know everything. I had to do a lot of searching, reading, and looking up things I didn’t know. So I know you can teach more than you know. With technology you can also teach more than you know. Trierweiler, (2015) said, “First, survey your students about what, if any, technology they use at home then have an open class discussion about technology with your students. Talk to your students and families and you’ll see which apps and favorite sites your students use.” You will find that students will be excited to share and teach others something they know.
Even with all of this technology in our hands, many teachers are not using it correctly. Seventy-five percent of teachers say they regularly use technology in their classrooms. However, only 40 percent of students report that technology is used in their classrooms (Trierweiler, 2015). Today’s students are so tech savvy, they can sense those missed opportunities. Only four out of ten students surveyed by CDW-G felt their schools were meeting their needs (Trierweiler, 2015). Yet the CDW-G survey found that just 30 percent of students say their schools ask for their input on technology. Worse, while 75 percent of teachers feel they understand how students want to use technology as a learning tool, only 49 percent of their students agree. She suggests setting up school-wide panels where students can offer their input on the curriculum and how technology can fit into it (Trierweiler, 2015).
In today’s dynamic classrooms, the teaching and learning process is becoming “more nuanced, more seamless,” and it flows back and forth from students to teachers (Barseghian, 2011.) This is how the classroom should flow. Just because you are the teacher doesn’t mean that you have to be the expert on everything. In today’s world, teachers and students are learning from each other in all sorts of ways. Sharing information and connecting with others has proven to be a powerful tool in education. Students are collaborating with each other through Skpe, blogs, and other tools. Teachers are also connecting with other teachers. They can share ideas and lesson plans and get advice on some things they are not sure of. The idea is simple: by working together, students figure out how to find common ground, balance each others’skills, communicate clearly, and be accountable to the team for their part of the project–just as they will someday in the work place (Barseghian, 2011).
“Given the growing momentum of these trends, what does it mean for students, teachers, schools, and the education community at large? Teachers’and students’relationships are changing, as they learn from each other. Teachers roles are shifting from owners of information to facilitators and guides to learning” (Barseghian, 2011). I find that when I don’t know something, I will ask the students and sometimes they will have the answer. This also shows that it is ok to ask for help and not to know everything. They can see that sometimes even their teachers need help.
In the article “Why You Should Teach What You Know, Even If You Aren’t an Expert?”Cooper writes, “The more you teach, the more people will see you as an expert. And the more people see you as an expert, the more opportunities you’ll get to teach. It’s okay to not have all the answers, and it’s okay to be wrong.” Research also shows that when we explain something to others we come to understand it better ourselves. This is why it is important for you to have your students teach each other. If I am helping a student and another student needs help, I would ask another student to help them. Not only does the student feel good because I asked them to help another student but it also gives me time to work with other students. In a classroom full of 30-35 students, I am not going to be able to help them all. If I know of some students who know what we are doing, I would ask them to help others who need help. Students love to be the teacher and help others.
Cooper also said, “Successful people start before they feel ready. Teaching is no exception. Don’t worry about whether you’ve hit “expert” status yet, or how big (or small) your audience is. Focus on what you’ve learned, or what you’re learning right now, and how you can share those lessons in a way that will help others. And don’t forget, there’s always someone who knows less than you. Go help them.”I know that I feel like this at times. I feel like if I don’t know a subject completely then I don’t want to teach it. What I’ve found is it is ok to teach something you don’t know. A few years ago, I was having the kids do a project with iMovie. This was the first time I played around with iMovie. I talked to the librarian and she knew a little about iMovie. I talked to the kids and a few of them had done iMovie. So I took the plunge, even though I didn’t feel like I could help the students. What I found was the students who did iMovie ended up becoming the experts and teaching others who needed help. Not only did the kids feel great about teaching others, but we all learned from each other.
We need to teach more than we know because, if we don’t, we might never reach some subjects. If I waited until I was completely comfortable teaching iMovie I might have not taught it. Sometimes you have to take a risk and work at it on the way. It is ok not to know everything because if you work together as a team you will find that you can accomplish just about anything.
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Cooper, B. (2014). Why You Should Teach What You Know, Even If You Aren’t an Expert. Retrieved June 27, 2015, from http://lifehacker.com/teach-others-what-you-know-to-make-connections-and-lear-1639560273
Daggett, D. (2010). Preparing Students For Their Technological Future. Retrieved June 27, 2015, from http://www.leadered.com/pdf/Preparing Students for Tech Future white paper.pdf
Martinez, S., & Stager, G. (2013). Invent to learn: Making, tinkering, and engineering in the classroom. Torrance, Calif.: Constructing Modern Knowledge Press.
Trierweiler, Hudson, H. (2015). Do Your Students Know More About Technology Than You Do? | Scholastic.com. Retrieved June 27, 2015, from http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/article/do-your-students-know-more-about-technology-you-do