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Final Reflection on Learning from a Master Teacher

REPOSTED FROM MY THOUGHTS (hshawjr@blogspot.com/haroldshawjr.com) 10/26/10

This is the final post of my now 4 part series.Here are the previous posts links:
Learning from a Master Teacher Part 1
Learning from a Master Teacher Part 2
Learning from a Master Teacher Part 3

I have not said thank you to the gentleman who taught me so much yesterday. I have learned much, reflected on some of my beliefs, and had to think. What more can you ask from a teacher? As someone who did not care very much for high school, to become the lifelong learner that I have become, the lessons I was given yesterday were invaluable.

It showed me how powerful a good teacher is: this gentleman did not/does not realize how great an impact he has had on my life. Will I go back and learn more – yes…will have the same “magic” as yesterday. Probably not, but I can hope that this master teacher will have more to “share” with me.

After yesterday I am beginning to notice “we speak” quite often in the words of leadership and the Edublogosphere. It can’t be helped as we are all “elites” in the historical sense of the word. I would say that almost all writers and readers in the Edublogosphere are well educated (probably most are college graduates, which is a good thing).

Many of the very people that we should be listening to do not have a voice in our circles either online or offline, so how are their opinions and ideas being conveyed and heard. They mostly are not. That is unfortunate, because maybe their ideas would be based on common sense and what might actually work versus the well-intentioned mess we are in and headed for at this time.

I have no easy or simple solutions, except maybe we as educators need to actually talk and then actively listen to all of our customers (students and parents), not just the ones that are like us. Our state departments of education and political leadership actually should look at what students actually are ready for after high school versus what academia say they should be ready for. They need to include people on their staffs who do not fit our “we speak” profile, there needs to be diversification of perspective there and in the Edublogosphere to ensure that all alternatives are on table, not just our education “we speak” solutions.

It is time to take our blinders off, and see the rest of the world around us for what it is — not nearly as interested in academia as we are and are more concerned about how they are actually going to “survive” in this world after they graduate high school (where a good percentage stop their education unfortunately). So how do we in academia help prepare them for their future that doesn’t include planning for or going to college?

That is the question – isn’t it.

On a lighter note, the actual reason I went into the shop – to buy a chain saw and ensure I knew how to use it safely was successful. Today there are three less trees standing in the yard and many of the blow-downs are cut-up. My master teacher showed me the right tool and taught me how to use it correctly.

Thank you master teacher.

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