Tony Gurr

3 BIG, little questions…for TEACHers

In Classroom Teaching, Teacher Learning, The Paradigm Debate on 06/11/2012 at 6:28 am

Yep, they are “little”…but they are quite “BIG”, too!


…they are not the questions I was getting at in the title of this little post (and it will be little…promise).

The questions I was thunking about are:

Let us know!

  1. No doubt …become better learners gets most attention on my watch. I would suggest that if students become better learners that is all they need – learn more? Why? Is it a question of quantity? Learn better? Is there a worse way to learn?

    • Max – well done! You passed the quiz 😉

      Yes, the LEARNing “more” has really become the language of the “examocracy” – cram as much in as we can! The only real (21st Century) option…for TEACHers…is the last one 😉

      Thx 4 dropping in – how are things in the good ole UAE (are you still there)?


      • Couldn’t agree more, but I am still amazed at some approaches 🙂 No longer in the UAE – since 2005. May you live in interesting times… I’m sure the one who originally uttered these words didn’t realise what a curse it would be these days.

  2. Suspected a trick question until I read the comments!
    Is there an option for “none of the above”? Learning more implies we’ve a set amount to cover; learning better implies one right way – gold medal standard; then option 3…. “Better learners”. Whose definition? Learning as a verb becomes the process, not a measurable concrete outcome.
    Need to phone a friend!

    • Sam,

      Knew someone would come up with that one 😉 Actually, you raise a good point – there is a wee difference between LEARNer and LEARNing-centred approaches. I guess I was thunking about students being the best learners “they” can be – and, thus doing the best learning they can do as individuals. Either way – I would maintain that the last question is a big improvement over the first two (more and better). The “more” issue is the key issue – esp. in assessment matters…

      The verb or noun distinction is a good one – what did your friend say when you called her 🙂

      Take care,


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