Please take some time to have another look at this link if you have not already done so: Bring on the Learning Revolution
A very interesting talk given by Sir Ken Robinson at TED symposium. It makes us, as educators, think in an entirely different perspective…thinking of Education as an “organic” process, as he describes it rather than as a “linear” concept. He also explores the issue of our ‘one size fits all‘ education perspective. Sometimes it’s so much easier to think of the audience in front of you as a class, rather than as a collection of individuals with individual needs and aspirations.
Hence his expression, that we are delivering Education as a “fast food” concept, rather than as a personalized experience for the individuals who, we are indeed, responsible for.
And indeed he does mention our responsibility as Educators, in the way we deliver what we know… he mentions passion, he mentions enjoying what one does. I have in the past, often been accused of involving myself too much in my teachings, that I should attend “passion management” courses 🙂 maybe it’s true – all I can say is that I love what I do, and that all I have done so far, all the work I have built was aimed at leading me where I am… I will never stop learning, learning from all those who surround me in whatever role they might play… but further to the comment above, I would also like to personally add another comment. I believe that we, as persons, as individuals, facing our audience, whether in a class setting or otherwise, are like mirrors – we reflect what we transpire. If we transpire passion, enthusiasm, and interest then our students, our children, and our audience will reflect that back.
PS. Do comment back on what you think of that and if you have some experiences to share with all of us about the extent to which your students can be motivated into enjoying themselves in their learning experiences.