ME:Ways of learning and teaching

From: Eugene Matusov
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Date: 08 Oct 1996
Time: 04:22:03


Hello everybody--

While I was driving home, I was thinking about Jesse's comment at the end of the class that student's motivation is a way of learning. I rejected his idea because motivation sounds effortless. But now I feel that I was wrong. Student can try to self-motivate him/herself and this is a way of learning. Also student can choose to cooperate and trust the teacher and these are also ways of learning. The not obvious question is that trust that the student is willing to give to the teacher is often limited and should be supported by teacher's efforts as well. What do you think?

I also noticed today at the peanutbutter sandwich experience that some teachers considered preparation of materials and instruction for their students but some did not. It is interesting to think about educational philosophies that guide these teachers' choices and assumptions. Any ideas?

Any other observations?