I tell my students on the first day that we are ALL teachers and learners in my class, including me!
There’s an assumption that school is for students’ learning, but I have to question that. I am a teacher – a label/title that I don’t really agree with, but that’s another story. The fact is that I’m not really interested in teaching. I’m interested in learning.
Many teachers I know think of themselves as finished products. Their role is to simply impart their knowledge, and evaluate/judge the students’ abilities or skills. I can’t think of anything more stagnant, boring and onerous that THAT! In all of my teaching, I think about what I find fascinating and what I would love to learn more about. I use my teaching to grow, and that’s what makes me fresh and eager to go back to school.
So I return every semester looking forward to all the learning (and teaching) that will be shared among my students and me. Just as I was given the title of teacher, I pass it on to my students, because teaching is a wonderful way to learn. For me, I can learn about people and how they tick. About relationships, and how to establish, expand and maintain them. About the subjects I teach; about myself; about life.
I tell my students on the first day that we are ALL teachers and learners in my class, including me! I let them know that sometimes I don’t like other professors (or other adults) very much because they think they know everything. I don’t know everything. I can learn all the time, and I hope that we will all help each other by teaching, learning and growing together!
Now, with only 2 days left of summer break I am filled with my usual anticipation, energy, and passion to live, learn and love in school – to truly be in my element. So to answer the title question, “who wants to go back to school?” — I do, again and again, forever! How bout you?