Those that can do, need to do

The joke goes something like this:

“Those who can do, and those that can’t teach”

In deference to PE teachers and school leaders I’ll stop the joke there.

 

Often you hear people speaking about a new role for teachers in light of how modern learners are learning with technology.

“A guide on the side,” some say.

“A mentor.”

“A facilitator.”

 

I want to suggest a different response.

“A doer.”

 

Once there was a barrier between learning and the real stuff. Once there was a barrier between professionals, experts and novices. Once there was a barrier between servie and pre-service. Once there was a need a for simulation. Once there was a barrier between those that do and those that teach learners. Once there was a barrier between those that do and those that learn. Once there was a need for simulated learning experiences.

Thanks to modern technology, and how we’re using it to learn, all these barriers are no longer in place.

 

Teachers can no longer, if they ever could, not be doers. Teachers can’t present simulations when authentic learning is readily available. Teachers can’t present an outdated curriculum, when the latest thinking and trends are so accessible. Teachers can’t present themselves as having anything substantial to offer unless they are immersed in their field. Unless there are doers.

 

Can I pinch a slogan? ¬†Whatever you’re teaching, just do it.