A Paradigm Shift

While teaching with the intent to be liked by students can be tempting, more important is to design and teach your courses with a focus on what students actually will learn.

In a General Conference address, Sister Virginia H. Pearce spoke about the importance of focusing on the learner:

A skilled teacher doesn’t think, “What shall I do in class today?” but asks, “What will my students do in class today?”; not, “What will I teach today?” but rather, “How will I help my students discover what they need to know?” The skilled teacher does not want students who leave the class talking about how magnificent and unusual the teacher is. This teacher wants students who leave talking about how magnificent the gospel [or the subject of the class] is! (“The Ordinary Classroom--A Powerful Place For Steady and Continued Growth,” General Conference, October 1996).

What helps you prioritize learning activities for your students and their educational experience? What advice do you have for teachers who haven’t had much experience with this concept? Please share your thoughts below.

For more information please contact Michael Johnson, Teaching and Learning Consultant