“Every truth has four corners: as a teacher, I give you one corner, and it is for you to find the other three.” – Confucius

I love this.  It reminds me of my science methods professor’s pedagogy – a modified version of the 5Es (engage, explore, explain, elaborate, evaluate).  In her version, “evaluate” is embedded throughout the cycle, leaving two “explains”: a student explain and a teacher explain.  The student explain always comes first – the student needs to formulate his/her own explanation before the teacher jumps in.  This way, the student gains a deeper understanding of the material, because he/she must make a claim using evidence and reasoning (rather than just listening to a teacher’s claim).

Confucius’s quote aptly describes how teachers should be guides, not dictators, of student exploration and learning.


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