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Re: A Question about Teaching

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Stenger - Judith DiSalvo (jstenger)
Sat, 19 Jun 1999 08:40:03 -0400 (EDT)

Hi Gail,
Your question is excellent. It is really hard sometimes to stand back
and let kids solve their own problems--we're TEACHERS, after all--teaching
is what we do! On the one hand, we don't want to ignore our students. On
the other, we have to respect their need to experience developing personal
solutions. The resulting pride in their own problem solving abilities
will last longer than a project that, while beautiful, reflects more of
the teacher's experience than the child's expression.
Having said that, we are trying to broaden our students'
skills. Some lessons, and some students require more encouragement to go
beyond the obvious solutions. It can be a tricky balance--perhaps one we
never fully master, but continue to fine tune.
I haven't answered your question, have I? Like being a parent, being
a teacher means you constantly struggle with when to pull back and when to
let go.