#29: The Value of Teaching

If you’ve enjoyed being pushed by the conversations between me and Bruce in the past, you’ll definitely enjoy our latest podcast that digs into the value of teaching, not just in the modern world, but in general.

After a couple of weeks of scintillating interviews with Joel Pelcyger and Conrad Wolfram, this week we spend about 40 minutes this week discussing Bruce’s latest Shifting Conversations column and the tension between teachers being learners as much as they are teachers. And I read a quote from Carl Rogers’ book Freedom to Learn (from which I stole the title of my latest book) where he grapples with the role of the teacher and, to get really heady, whether anything can actually be taught.

It’s a sentiment that I’ve been mulling over for quite some time. (Bruce is already there.) If agency for learning resides with the learner, what can the teacher actually “teach” if anything? It’s more about the adults in the room creating the conditions under which kids can learn most powerfully and deeply. And, it’s about those conditions existing for the adults as well.

Some quick reminders:

We’re holding our next FREE webinar on December 4 on this topic as well: “From Teaching Cultures to Learning Cultures.” RSVP now as we have over 350 people signed up at this writing.

Our fourth Change School cohort starts in January, and we just got word that 14 leaders from the Surrey (BC) school district will be joining us! Why not think about getting your own team together and changing the world with an amazing community of over 150 global educational leaders? Registration opens in just a couple of weeks!

Check out our new Changeleaders Community for even more curated conversations and news centered on reimagining schools.

And finally, if you like what you’re hearing on this podcast, why not head over to iTunes and give us a rating and review. (We’d sure appreciate getting into double figures at some point!) Over 15,000 unique listeners to date…THANKS!

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Will Richardson

Co-founder of Modernlearners.com and Change School. Author, speaker, instigator, surfcaster, husband, and father to two amazing young adults.


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