Surfing on the Net I came across this YouTube clip, by Sir Ken Robinson, about the nature of teaching. It is brief, to the point and gives great food for thought. The key ideas: that teaching is about providing the right conditions for learning, and the importance of seeing learning as cyclical and ongoing, really resonate with where I am at the moment in my thinking.
He starts with the analogy of gardening, that great gardeners depend on plants growing under their care, their livelihood depends on it, but no gardener can make the plant grow. They can only nurture it with the right conditions and let the plant grow itself. He then links this idea to educators, how great teachers recognise the right conditions for learning and they nurture these, so learners can learn. It rightly puts the role of the educator as an activator of learning, someone who through their passion for learning strives to firstly find the ‘right’ conditions for learning and then embedding them into practice.