Teacherscribe’s Teaching Tip #158
One of my favorite people in education policy is Alfie Kohn. In his great article, It’s Not What We Teach: It’s What They Learn, he applies the old philosophical chestnut of “If a tree falls in the woods and no one is around to hear it, does it still make a sound?” to education: If you teach a lesson and the students don’t learn anything, well, did you actually teach?
What do you think?
I’ve definitely been on the opposite side of that question. In fact, all of 2004 and ’05 felt that way to me.
But I’ve come around to answer , no you haven’t actually been teaching anything to that question.