Teaching to Learn

They say, “those who can do and those who can’t teach.” While I’m not a big fan of this phrase, I also can’t deny that there is a tiny nugget of truth in the statement.

Let me explain what I mean.

There are those that will go through a challenging time and hoard what they learn like a dragon jealously guarding the gold he will never spend.

There are those who, blind to their privilege, think they can offer true insights into challenging times when they have no experience with a specific type of challenge. An example of this is someone who has never experienced poverty, true poverty, saying “If you’d stop eating avocado toast you could buy a house.” Those of us who have experienced poverty understand that it’s not avocados that are standing between us and home ownership.

Finally, there are those (like me), who don’t necessarily see the need to wait to become what you might consider being an expert before teaching something.  For example, I have learned quite a lot along the way about time management and setting goals. Do I consider myself to be an expert? I certainly do not. But, after a lot of thought, I decided that I had enough knowledge to develop a course. I’m still learning about S.M.A.R.T Goals, but what I do know is valuable and so I teach. I am a firm believer in teaching to learn because learning is a collaborative process. It’s not someone handing down knowledge from on high. It is a back and forth where the person teaching is learning as much from her students as they are learning from her.

What is your take on teaching to learn? Have you found yourself doing it, or do you think it’s a disservice to you and to the people who are trying to learn from you?

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