Teachers and learners swap roles

Monday, November 22nd, 2010 | training

“[Learners] want more technology in the classrooms. That’s how they learn. They don’t learn like we did when we were growing up…getting lectures. We did it and that was fine, but the kids today want the technology, the visual support, the kinesthetic learning.”

When a school reaches this conclusion, but the teachers don’t feel comfortable using technology in the classroom, what do they do?  The solution is simple: let the learners teach teachers how to use technology!  This suggestion was made in a recent posting on this blog, but can it work?

It worked in a school in Hereford in Texas, where teachers and learners swapped roles for a day.  Are you willing to give it a try in your school?

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4 Comments to Teachers and learners swap roles

Albie
Monday, 22 November, 2010

Kobus – for sure – it works ! Educators / teachers must just “allow” learners to “teach” them as they get taught by the educators – swap roless swap knowledges swap skills and enrich one another.

The hand and glove situation !

Albie a Gr R learner

Albie
Monday, 22 November, 2010

Kobus – for sure – it works ! Educators / teachers must just “allow” learners to “teach” them as they get taught by the educators – swap roles, swap knowledge, swap skills and enrich one another.

The hand and glove situation !

Albie a Gr R learner

Mark C
Tuesday, 23 November, 2010

Teaching and learning should always be dynamic. As few things on should consider:
(a) learners have the opportunity to teach to also see that teaching is not as easy as many people think. You may find that learners are also not that clued up with using ICT. It is a learning curve for them too.
(b) it gives the educator the opportunity to listen to how well learners understand what they have learnt and to recifity any misconceptions. Also it is an opportunity for educators to pick up ICT things they don’ t know.
(c) the creativity of learners are always an eye-opener and creates different avenues to teaching something.

An educator should have an open approach to teaching and learning, but then again the same should go for the learner. The problem is….our learners don’ t seem to be ready for the responsibility of teaching.
There are three things all of us do no matter which job we do (1) we practice our area of expertise (2) teaching and (3) management. There is a possibility that we may suck at one or two of these things, but we are capable of learning or being taught.

John Thole
Tuesday, 23 November, 2010

A very important shift which must be embraced by teachers is that they need to review their role in the classroom. A move toward being more of a ‘guide-by-the-side’ than the traditional ‘wise sage in the front’ will enable learners to quickly engage more meaningfully in the learning process. Seeing oneself (the teacher) as a learner is also very helpful as this implies that the educator is free to join the learner in his quest to discover and explore the new horizons before them. As educators, are we prepared to make the shift and therefore top become learners once again?

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