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    • Liz Dwyer

      Can you elaborate a bit on what you mean?

  • avivaf4

    Wonderful article, Les! When students discover on their own, that is when real learning takes place and stays with the learner. The knowledge learned can then be used for solving new problems.

    • Leslie Aaronson

      Thanks for the It is amazing learning. Maybe more teachers can trust in the process rather than drill students for answers. I think the students learn more for the trial and error than when they arrive at a solution very quickly. There is nothing there to make it stick.

  • Kris Giere

    Thank you for sharing, Leslie. I have found this approach to be liberating for my teaching style. Though it still can make my students and even myself uncomfortable from time to time, it is one way to change the educational paradigm and facilitate the whole learning process again.

    • Liz Dwyer

      I can definitely imagine the uncomfortableness for kids--they've been socialized to believe that the teacher has all the answers--and if the teacher doesn't have them, they must be in the back of the book!

      • Kris Giere

        I once had a student confess, "I don't like learning because it makes me feel stupid." After pondering his comment for a bit, I realized that he had become conditioned to believe that a person must know the answer to the question before the question is asked in order to be considered intelligent. I try much harder everday to encourage the journey of learning, not just the answer at the end.

  • Thomas Coston

    Excellent, Leslie-I've seen this at work! As someone who works at many levels in the community I'm also trying not to be the "expert" at the table and understand that I can support learning and progress in a much different way! Best, Tom Coston

  • Alessandra Rizzotti

    I love that you're teaching students to trust themselves, and in so doing, you're learning from them. I love your posts and I look forward to reading more!

    • Leslie Aaronson

      Thank you Alesssandra, I appreciate the feedback.

  • Liz Dwyer

    "I'm continuing to learn even though I am no longer a student." YES!!! Such wise words, Leslie, and so applicable to us all, no matter what field we're in. Whenver we start thinking "I got this," that's when we most need to seek out new knowledge and skills.