Teachers face new challenges every day. Recently I read an article discussing the trials that teachers face with the constant advancement of new technologies, curriculum reforms and ever-changing make-up of languages within the classroom.
“The district set up model classrooms so teachers could observe brain-friendly lesson styles and strategies like using an “adult voice,” which is supportive and nurturing, rather than a “parent voice,” which is loud and directive and can cause resistance.”
One of the most exciting things for me as a person who works in the education field is to think about all the potential we have for helping students be all they can be. And that only happens best if education is a two-way street. In fact, the word “education” is built on the word “educe,” which means to draw out, or bring out, or elicit. It also means to evolve something from a potential state. And, that is what education does best: it brings out potentials.
In talking with a co-worker the other day, we got in an animated conversation about why we spend so much of our company’s time and money doing research and development (R&D). And thinking about that brought us to consider the best way to do R&D?
If you analyze the word “education,” you will find that our English word derives from the past participle of the Latin word educare, similar to educere (or, “to lead out,” which is the source of our word “educe.”). In other words, one of the purposes of education is to bring forth from a student that which is innately in them: their talent and passion in life.
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