[IAEP] [support-gang] When teaching restrains discovery
bastien.guerry at wikimedia.fr
Thu Jan 20 09:46:48 EST 2011
Hi Christoph and all,
I always enjoy those resources about education, thank you for the
pointers -- and to everyone for the comments!
Let me share two recent readings of mine:
John Maeda : The Laws of Simplicity
My attention got caught when I saw John Maeda referring to Nicholas
Negroponte in the chapter « Context ». While discussing the importance
of focusing, he mentions this advice from NN : "Be as an electric bulb,
not as a lazer ray." Which I found to be quite an inspiring metaphor in
the context of learning: let's all learn how to shed light on things as
bulbs, taking care of others and the context, not as lazer ray, only
taking care of the subject matter.
George Steiner - « Éloge de la transmission - Le maître et l'élève »
(Sorry, only published in french.)
In the debate about instructionisme vs. [constructionisme, project-based
method, Montessori method, etc.], most people would certainly say that
Steiner -- George, not Rudolph! -- is rather conservative, expressing
opinions shared by teachers with a classical-instructionist attitude.
The title of this book says it all.
Still, he proposes a definition for what it is to be a "master": it is
someone from which students can always feel "the love behind the irony".
Of course, Socrates comes to mind as a master of both irony and love
towards its pupils -- I bet Steiner would agree.
I like this definition. It is general enough to escape the opposition
between instructionism / [constructionisme, ...]. But still, I feel
this definition captures something essential that any teacher could
fruitfully think about.
My 2 cents,
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