Leveraging your ignorance to benefit students


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Guest Post By Charles Cooper

Our world is surrounded by mystery. We seek out limits to our knowledge when watching movies, reading dystopian books, and even as we converse with friends. The mysterious, framed the right way, compels us to seek and enrich our lives and who we are. Often times, absence of mystery in relationships, tired stories, and mundane routes to work put real pressures on us that effect our daily mindset. It’s torturous!

The lack of a reliable source in Truth has compelled man for eons to explore, invent, create, and, at times, reorder perceived reality.

Mystery and lack of answers compell. Having things or ideas handed to us without having work for those things, often, result in ingratitude and stagnation.

How is your content delivered to students? Are you the source of all knowledge? Do your student struggle for your acceptance of their answer or do you struggle with your students as you seek, as partners in education, a new continent of knowledge and experience?

None of us wants to be in a tired, drab relationship at home. Why would your students want anything differently at school?

As educators, invite mystery, real mystery, into your classroom. Present something that you are ignorant in to your students and ask for their help! Ask your students “What breaks your heart in this world and what can we do about it?”

If we are truly getting our kids ready for a future none of us can predict, then why are so many classrooms so predictable in so many ways?

Spend a class period having your kids Google problems in the world, BIG problems, REAL problems, and brainstorm ways you all can get on the road to finding solutions, no matter how small or seemingly insignificant those problems may seem.

Be a seeker of knowledge with your kids instead of a fictitious (and impossible) knower of all things. Lift THEM up.

Knowing more than your kids is safe. Its a given on some levels. Take a risk and get your kids to know more than you… Then celebrate that and advertise it to your fellow teachers, your parents… The world.

Leverage the unknown, the mysterious…to benefit your kids!

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About Thrasymachus

2013 Northwest ISD teacher of the year, Humanities Texas 2012 Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award, and 2011 Outstanding Educator of North Texas Award (North Central Texas College). I'm currently a Regional Digital Learning Consultant with the Education Service Center Region 11 in Ft. Worth, Texas and a college government educator who incorporates philosophy, technology & humor. A student through and through, I walk with my students in their learning. Most importantly, I'm blessed with the 3 most perfect kids eva! I love on them ery day!!!
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One Response to Leveraging your ignorance to benefit students

  1. Bonnye Lynn Nance says:

    “What breaks your heart in this world and what can we do about it?” Great writing prompt. Solve real world problems. Well done! Thank for sharing!

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