Teaching or learning?



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Here’s the question for today … What do we value more? Teaching or learning? 

This question could be debated from many perspectives, with a huge amount of evidence to justify view points.

So often, we consider “the lesson; the concept; the message”. Is there anything wrong with this? I don’t think so. How often do we consider these things:

  • What is the learner’s prior knowledge?
  • What  is the learner’s ‘care factor’ about this topic?
  • How is the learner going to use this beyond the classroom?
  • How does each learner learn best?
  • What will motivate the learner to extend their thinking?

Do we expect children to do things that we would hate to do? 

When we plan for learning, is the focus on teaching (how and what) or learning (why)?     In Making the PYP Happen, this question is  raised : “How should the teaching and learning process be modified as a result of the assessment?”

How are we using assessment to inform our teaching and  learning?                                     Is assessment for a grade? To monitor progress? To see how a school / teacher / child is traveling?                                                                            

What else helps us inform teaching and learning? 

What do we value more? Teaching or learning? 


About Jina Belnick

I am a full time learner - tumbling head first into education and joining my learners on the amazing adventures that we encounter daily at our PYP school in Melbourne, Australia.I am currently working in learning support, feeling the waters and seeing how teachers and learners are best supported, I am a listener and a leader, an inquirer and a follower. I'm loving the ride!
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4 Responses to Teaching or learning?

  1. hjoubert says:

    Really interesting question.
    Thinking about it, I think I should value learning more because when I put the learning first it means I have to evaluate the efficacy of my teaching. If it’s about the learning then as a teacher I want to ensure my teaching promotes learning for every child.

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  2. Hi Jina,

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Your question about expecting children to do things that we would hate to do ourselves is a very important one. Why do we as adults forget how that makes us feel? Even now, if we’re asked to attend a meeting or a workshop which does not interest us, we are quick to turn our minds off. So why do so many educators continue to do the same?

    As to your other question, personally for me the learning part is more important. I think we remain learners foremost all our lives. If we focus on assessments for example, then we learn that the purpose of assessments is to know where and how we as teachers/facilitators can help our students grow with their understanding. If for some reason the child lags, then we might need to go back and reframe our teaching so that the student is able to understand the concept. That’s my two-bit thought.

    – Rahila


    • Jina Belnick says:

      HI Rahlia,
      Your point about choice and agency is so important!I think if we get learners to buy in more, we will have less problems with discipline and lacking motivation.
      Thanks so much for your input!


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