Teach to learn & Learn to teach 

 

Education is a continuous process that involves teaching and learning. Professors are in charge of educate students at different levels by teaching to learn. In addition, a broadly view of human capacity is crucial for the development of professional contributors to our society is needed.

Infinite teaching and learning materials and methods have emerged during the last centuries.  Now a days, digital media has become one of the most innovative and powerful tools that can  impact students, teachers, professors and other academic actors. Internet make accesible all kind of valuable topics, communication channels, and networks.

Using technology and nontraditional materials (blogs, twitter, video clips) to teach is controversial. First, the steady flow of million of users can question the quality of content that can be reached. Second,  the constant updates, variety of versions, softwares, devices and such makes it a real challenge for some professors with lacking skills of technological literacy. However, these tools engage, builds and create new networks that can be use to improve the educational process. As future professiorates, it is critical to learn and adapt ourselves to new technologies. Being aware of what is going around, and being up to date to be sure that we are not falling behind is part of the “Learn to teach” process.

One concept very simple but powerful that can inspire use is: “individuals best adapted to their environments are more likely to survive“.

Finally, “Teach to learn & Learn to teach is a continuous cycle that needs to include the adaptation of new tools such as technology. This approach might help us to contribute to the development of future professionals with human capacity.

About the Author

Sofia Rincon Gallardo Patino, is a Graduate Research Assistant at the Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise department of Virginia Tech. 

Shiqiang

I agree with you that we future professors need to adapt ourselves to new ways of learning and engaging. Take my personal experience as an example, I started to use blog and twitter last year and constantly find that they are quite useful to promote my research ideas and findings to peers. For twitter, you can easily start a conversation with some big icons that is normally possible to meet in daily life. Blog does not have word limitations and more traceable for related discussion. Right now, I love using both approaches to mingle with other professionals in this field.

A. Nelson

I really like your guiding premise (Teach to learn, learn to teach). And Shiquiang’s personal experience suggests that there are all kinds of ways that blogging and social networks can enhance teaching and learning — with and from each other. Thanks for this!

abramds

I also agree with the comment Dr. Nelson made about your “guiding premise” and feel that the ability to continually adapt to a changing world is an essential skill for all people and especially educators. We should all constantly strive to improve the way we teach and use new approaches to not only keep students but also to keep teachers engaged.

Syeed Md Iskander

I like the point ‘controversial’. Yes, this is true that all the students do not have the same quality access to materials that require modern tools like computers, the internet. However, I think the use of videos, Softwares.. help a lot in terms of teaching and learning.

Amy Hermundstad

I really enjoyed reading your post. Both aspects of the learning cycle that you describe are so important. Often, it can seem as though the focus in classrooms is on teaching students content knowledge as opposed to teaching them to learn and through that teaching content. So I really appreciate your point about broadly educating students so that they can learn. And I also really appreciate the second part of your learning cycle, where teachers need to learn how to teach. And that is an evolving process that changes with things like technology. Thanks for your post!

maguerra

Thanks for sharing such deep idea. I felt very identified with it because I can see myself holding a faculty position in the future, and contrary to the general idea “that I will be teaching”, we should all try to keep an all-times learning culture as our philosophy of teaching. This will also be reflected in the future students, which are the future in general.

Vanessa Guerra

What an interesting point of view that you bring up. As future faculty members, I think it is important to include both sides of education into our Teaching Philosophy: teaching and learning. I think both are useful to develop a career in a world in which knowledge grows quickly and also the communications technology changes so much so fast! Learning to adapt to the new forms of communications technology will help us avoid a current trend nowadays, where truths are no longer truths. I run into this article that states “The constructive conflict of classroom debate was replaced by safe spaces and trigger warnings, and with it went the courage to confront the mediocrity of second-rate ideas. Ironically, this has left us without the ability to rightly judge fact from fiction. Bloom predicted that there would come a day when many Americans saw the truth as relative. That day is here” (https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/americans-now-see-truth-relative-what-comes-next-jeff-degraff). Teaching and learning as a dependent activity can help us avoid the risk that represent having a poll of information available, from which just little bit is reliable.

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