Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Teachers Learning, Learning Teachers

In the midst of trying to learn how to be a better teacher, I realized today that I have forgot one important thing: the best teachers are the best learners. In this little summary from BYU's Center for Teaching and Learning, the point is made; "We can become better learners, and by being better learners, we will be better teachers."

The days are incredibly full here in Tulsa, OK where I am teaching entering 1st graders a short summer school class with a focus on the basics of math, reading and writing. Not only do we teach but we have lots of sessions to listen to, work to complete, and reflections to reflect. Today was a little different for me. One of the sessions was all about helping students learn about the writing process and to do so our trainer had us quickly go through the process by writing a poem. 

It has been a long time since I have written a poem. It was a really fast, but wonderful experience! Here it is. 


I am from -- Provo. 
Where mountains reflect,
the open space is clear,
strong and familiar are the snowflakes.
Sleeping sunshine talks, and whispers. 
Music moves from the piano,
praying peace into the safe, studious halls.
Scents of curry, or warm bread
comfort and secure me.

My school and my church. 

This is a very rough poem, and I am the first to admit it doesn't really have form or conventions. It took maybe 6 minutes to go through the whole writing process on this because we were being pushed. But I was learning! I had an excellent experience of brainstorming, prepping ideas, revising, editing, and now "publishing" my work. I felt a renewed desire to be a better teacher and to help my students feel a similar joy of writing. 

How often do we as educators take the time to learn or try new things? To keep relevant and influential I think this is a critical thing I must keep doing. If we are better learners, we will be better teachers. 

1 comment:

  1. I love this, Grey! Our director of the School of Music once said that "The best learners are teachers who are trying to figure out how to learn better". I couldn't agree more--and we learn so much when we are teaching because we're forced to really articulate what we know. I love your pictures and love the poem!