For the past 12 months I’ve been asking this question to teachers and school leaders in various forums:
What do teachers bring to the classroom that is still scarce now that we have Google, YouTube and Wikipedia?
As expected, I’ve received numerous answers to that question, and with a nod to ‘Family Feud‘, the top ten answers are on the board:
You’ll notice that “Providing Knowledge” is not on the list. Twenty years ago, knowledge was one of the most valuable things a teacher contributed to the learning experience of students. Now it doesn’t even make the top ten.
I think an equally valid question to ask is this: What can teachers bring to the classroom that not only still has value, but which has increasing value?
What can teachers bring to the classroom that has increasing value?
I’d be interested in your answers to that question. I have a few of my own, (which i’ll develop further in future posts.)
- Critical thinking.
- Honest and constructive feedback.
Here’s the point: You can cut the ‘Class-time Pie’ anyway you want. But if the largest slice is being given to standing at the front of the room disseminating a commodity of falling value, then less time can be devoted to really building a precious classroom experience for students.