[SLED] RE: Multi-tasking vs specific skills
becker at minkhollow.ca
Sun Jan 28 16:38:58 PST 2007
Peter Reilly wrote:
> Thanks Katrin;
> Would the situation improve if the teacher took 100% accountability
> for engaging students?
I don't think that kind of accountability is ours to take. I'm convinced
that increasing our own sense of accountability helps but I am equally
convinced you will not be able to keep the attention of all of the
students all of the time - no matter how good you are. I bet even Martin
Luther King Jr. had people drifting off sometimes.
I've been teaching at university a long time and have taught classes
that range in size from 5 to 250. I've taught freshmen, grad students
and all the ones in between. I was a university student as a young
person and again as an 'old' one. There's a difference there too.
Someone recently asked me facetiously if, as a student, I expected my
professors to entertain me. This was after telling me they thought kids
should go to school to LEARN, not to have fun. This person is a teacher.
My answer was YES. That comes with a proviso though: if that is ALL they
did, I would feel very cheated.
Each party to this 'dance' - professor/teacher and student must do their
part. A skilled teacher can help to bring more students into it than an
unskilled or uncaring one, but if the student is not willing to meet you
part way, there is little you can do.
Ph.D. (ABD), Educational Technology;
University of Calgary (Alberta,Canada);
E-mail: becker at minkhollow.ca;
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