Friday, October 11, 2013

Craft

Teaching is not exactly a science, though there is a great deal of science that informs it.  

Teaching is not exactly an art, though the best teachers weave, paint, cobble, mold, shape, hammer, and can perform with the best of artists in any field. 

Perhaps teaching is best thought of as the intersection between science and art; 
it is, in fact, 
CRAFT.  

Not unlike the best architects or movie makers or blacksmiths or musicians, skillful teachers (I like to think of them as artisans) magically blend the best of what science tells us about learning and the best of what moves us (art in all its forms).   

These artisans create learning tasks that absolutely envelope and engage students. 
That is exactly the way the best teachers in my experience worked.  
That is exactly the kind of teacher I want to be.


Artisans, start your engines!

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