Lighting a fire

If I had my way, I’d tutor and freelance to make my living. Both are fulfilling and each is a type of non-traditional education. As of now, I usually pitch math and learning to my students during our first session. Usually, the response is silence and nodding, but the kids come back and work. Now, many of them only need support and encouragement to see how to work through problems. Yep, I’m proud.

Have I told you what I think of education? So many teachers present their material as being proprietary knowledge. As a student, that approach can make subject seem like it’s completely out of reach. I’m here to tell you that this stuff isn’t locked in a box. You can understand it. It is within your reach. I’m going to push you to learn. You can do it. You can. Shall we begin?

Title from a quote: “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” It is often misattributed to William Butler Yeats.

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9 responses to “Lighting a fire

  1. So, new 10-year plan: Start our own charter school to develop intrinsic learners and problem solvers. Sound good?

  2. I absolutely agree! When I taught high school my students responded much more positively to hands-on assignments that related to their lives. They learned that the concepts weren’t just written in textbooks to cause frustration, but that they can create advertisements like they see on a daily basis.

  3. I completely agree! When I taught high school my students responded much more positively to hands-on assignments that related to their lives. They learned that advertising concepts were not just put in textbooks to cause frustration, but that they could apply them and create advertisements that they see on a daily basis.

  4. I think you have found the key to success–getting the students to work. You can be as funny, entertaining and understandable as you want. In the end, though, if the students do not engage it’s all for nothing. Gook luck and keep it up–you are on the right track.

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