Posted by: austend | Sunday, December 14, 2008

Thoughts for Teachers Pt. 8

Concerning Students:

Knowledge is characterized in different stages: 1) faint recognition; 2) the ability to recall for ourselves or to describe in a general way to others what we have learned; 3) the power readily to explain, prove, illustrate, and apply it; 4) such knowledge and appreciation of the truth in its deeper significance and wider relations, that by the force of its importance we act upon it—our conduct is modified by it.

Memorization of material is not true learning.  Only when one can reproduce the meaning with his own individual words is learning true.  Next is the one who can cite reasons for it.  Next is the one who can apply that knowledge to everyday life.

Bear in mind that complete mastery of a few things is better than in ineffective smattering of many.

These are all thoughts taken directly from:
John Milton Gregory, The Seven Laws of Teaching, (Grand Rapids: Baker, 1954). {Here}

This is an outstanding book! I highly recommend it for anyone who does any type of teaching.

Those statements in italics are my explanatory notes for possibly unclear statements.

This is part of a series: {All Posts in Series}

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