Students and Teachers are the product of the same system

When I reflect on my school/college days as a student, my responsibility as a learner was basically to:
- attend the classes regularly,
- act obedient
- listen to the teachers,
- take notes (copy notes),
- prepare (re-read and memorize) for the exams
and do it all over again and again for many many years.

On the flip side, the basic responsibility of teachers was to:
- teach the content
- act strict
- supply notes
- conduct revision classes (check the memory)
- give exams
and do it all over again and again for many many years.

The both sides were doing the ‘busy’ work as learners and as teachers. The school/parents/educationists seemed okay with it.

We’ve been conditioned to do the ‘busy’ work inside the classroom.

Now, suddenly in a space where students are supposed be self-directed and take full responsibility of their learning, and teachers are supposed to transform their traditional roles, chaos/frustration/anger are bound to happen.

Blaming the students as lazy won’t help.
Blaming the teachers as traditional won’t help either.

[Inspired after reading the article titled Navigating the bumpy road to Student-centered Instruction by Felder & Brent, 1996; and curating the article into instragram post.]

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Umes Shrestha

Umes Shrestha

Teacher. Teacher Developer. Right-brain@Unlearn Academy