said, “A teacher that can be replaced by a computer should be.”.
At first I was offended. Then, I realized that he was talking about a teacher that was still using they paradigm that we as teachers are to fill our students with information like we were filling up a glass with water.
Teachers today must be mentors, guides, facilitators, and exploration leaders. We must also be motivators. This not the kind of motivation provided by giving out candy, or no homework passes. This is the kind of motivation that comes from asking relevant and thought provoking qustions and projects. These are the kind of questions and projects that piques children’s interes. These are the kind of projects and questions that get them discussing and arguing enough among themselves to send them to the computers and primary sources. We cannot create the interest, but we can find that which interests them through what we have most to offer personal contact, interest and concern in, with, and about them.
As Arthur C. Clark also said, “If children have interest, education happens.