When I speak around the country, I get the those in attendance to raise their hand if they had a favourite teacher at school – invariably everyone has a favourite teacher – an indication in itself of the impact we have on people’s lives.
I then ask them to keep their hands raised if this teacher taught one of their favourite subjects – the overwhelming majority of hands stay in the air.
It’s a powerful message for teachers to get in the digital age, when there are many suggesting that the rise of online classes (in particular the maths focused Kahn Academy) will see computers replacing teachers.
It’s a powerful message because it’s likely that your favourite subject at school was so, because of the teacher and not vice versa.
People engage with people. Kids engage with teachers first – subjects second.
Technology can certainly enhance the learning experience, but on its own can not provide an engaging one.
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