A process of inciting and directing the self-activities of the pupil and
as a rule telling him nothing that he can learn by himself

Your role as a teacher is a stimulator and coach while that of the student is a discoverer and player. The ultimate test of an educator is what your student does as a result of what you do.

There are exceptions to the discovery process.
  1. When your objective is to save time – no time for discussion

  2. When you are confronted by certain types of students (who need encouragement and support)

    • Beginning student
    • Weak or discouraged student
    • Older student
    • Disadvantaged student

  3. When you have a student with intense interests - so highly motivated that he takes in everything you feed him and runs with it

  4. When you have a resource individual – tap his expertise, ask questions and listen to him
As a teacher, you need to have clear objectives. Teach them …
  1. How to think

  2. How to learn

    • Learning is a process so that it can be carried on for the rest of their lives.

    • It is a logical process moving from the whole (synopsis) to the parts (analysis) and back to the whole again (synthesis).

    • It is a discovery process.

  3. How to work

    Never do anything for the student that he is capable of doing himself else you make him into an educational cripple.

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Alan's Gleanings | October 2011 by Alan S.L. Wong