Month: October 2014

Why I Teach

First things first – I’m participating in Connected Courses – a connected course on connected courses. Yep, you read that right. The assignment is a reflection on the WHY. Why do I teach?

I am working with a colleague of mine to help me formally articulate my teaching philosophy, as he has said I have a very strong one, which I didn’t know. This discovery process is fascinating, enlightening, maddening, and wonderfully messy.

My daughter, Kayleigh, doing some messy learning herself.

My daughter, Kayleigh, doing some messy learning herself.

 

I tackled this reflective assignment first with a brainstorm. I teach for my kids. I teach for fun. I teach to learn. I hope to inspire when I teach. I teach to make connections.

Connections. Between people, concepts, courses, groups, life experience….

One thing I do when I teach is to flip things around. So then I asked myself what I do when I am not teaching or learning. Blank screen, blinking cursor moment. In trying to identify times or places where I am not teaching or learning, I got stuck. I suppose one could argue for sleeping, but some of my crazy dreams would indicate that my brain is certainly processing, and I have definitely awakened to one of those “a-HA!” moments at 3AM. Then the blank screen blinking cursor moment became a spark. In another blog post I wrote a while ago, I talked about how the possibility for teaching and learning is everywhere and in everything. Regardless of who I am with, where I am, and what I am doing, I am involved in teaching and learning. I keep using “teaching” and learning” together because I am finding that these two terms are becoming very fuzzy in my head and not so easy to separate. Perhaps another blog post about that is in order, but I need to chew on it for a bit more. At any rate, I came to the conclusion that I cannot really separate myself from teaching and learning, because it is part of who I am.

I teach because I am.

How’s that for vague?