A teacher who is a careful observer can see these kinds of signs, and then challenge the learner with harder recipes, a question to make them think, more interesting ingredients, or a few tips — all with an eye towards helping the other person learn and grow.
What does “making” have to do with learning?
Sylvia Libow Martinez

I think you capture the essence of teaching here. As a middle school math and science teacher, I always felt that half my job was to teach math and science, and half my job was to help individual students grow as learners. It’s all about assessing the mental models that students are constructing, and then gently guiding them toward new experiences and cognitive dissonance to help them stretch and grow.

I often feel like the maker movement often discounts the role of the teachers, so this was incredibly refreshing to read. I’m reminded that even Ted Williams had a hitting coach. We all benefit from having outside observers who can point out the things we miss and cause us to pause and reflect on the things we’ve learned. Awesome!

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