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  •  It's reaching that balance.... (2+ / 0-)
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    alizard, algebrateacher

    between presenting a body of knowledge, and allowing the freedom to make mastering this knowledge a thing of pleasure for the kids.

    I guess this is what separates the great teachers from the hacks.  And I don't know of any test that separates the two, other than the results of the lives of their students, something hard to quantify.

    •  I agree that it is a matter of balance... (0+ / 0-)

      The teacher suggests a topic to share.  The student decides whether they are interested.  If the student is interested then the teacher presents and the student is grateful.  Then the student goes off to their basement (very possibly without the teacher) and starts to apply their new knowledge.  

      That's my sense of a good path of learning!

      Cooper Zale Los Angeles http://www.leftyparent.com

      by leftyparent on Sat Feb 21, 2009 at 05:32:56 PM PST

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