Perspectives on Teaching

Posted: May 19, 2013 in Home, Reflections, Insights, and Realizations

Teaching according to Huitt is the purposeful direction and management of the learning process.  Teaching is not giving knowledge or skills to students; teaching is the process of providing guided opportunities for students to produce relatively permanent change through the engagement in experiences provided by the teacher.


Yes, I do agree that the role of the teacher is not merely to give knowledge or skills to students. Teaching differs from the old “show-and-tell” practices. We humans have the capacity to learn. All students are capable of learning, and all students have something to contribute. All it takes is a person to guide and nurture and supplement it. Teaching assists the individual to be better and develop his or her full potential.


I also believe that the purpose of teaching is not to teach students how to memorize facts, or how to know all the correct answers. The purpose of teaching lies in getting students to truly understand the concepts being examined. More than just transmitting knowledge, teaching is about inspiring others to discover their purpose and potential.


The teaching process shall engage the students’ in activities that may able to construct new knowledge for a meaningful learning to occur. The role of the teacher is to create a classroom learning experience that build deep knowledge that are exploratory, open to  ideas and towards new understanding.


The teaching process is also tailored in recognizing the importance of prior knowledge and giving opportunities to stimulate what students’ know. The role of the teachers is to create activities that enable students to reveal their existing knowledge and to assess students’ preconceptions and misconceptions. Galileo Galilei is quoted as saying, “You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him find it within himself.” Through teaching I dedicate myself to inspiring, challenging, and nurturing the minds of my students as they discover the art of learning – and the art of life.

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  2. I like this. Galileo Galilei is quoted as saying, “You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him find it within himself.”

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