And, honestly...I'm grateful that Grace saw this quote and thought of me. This has been my goal, my approach throughout my teaching practice.
I'm not trying to brag, and I'd be lying if I said I have done this perfectly. But I think teachers could take this message to heart:
School is not really about teaching.
School is about learning.
If a child can't learn the way we teach...maybe we're doing it wrong.
I'm not arguing here for a student-centered classroom. I'm arguing for a learning-centered classroom.
This isn't easy. If we are starting from a strongly teacher-centered teaching practice, I don't think we can't just turn a switch and make a change. (At least, I don't think I can.) I think that modifying our teaching from teacher-centered to learning-centered will take concentrated effort, a daily commitment to learning. And this will probably mean opening ourselves up to the fact that we--the teachers--need to keep learning as well!
Maybe it's time to start taking a long, hard look at what we are doing as teachers. I challenge you to reflect with me on this:
"Am I structuring my teaching practice
in a way that is convenient for me, the teacher?
Or am I practicing my craft in such a way
that I focus on learning?"