To teachers

A few days separate us from The Global Teacher Prize 2016 Winner Announcement and I’ve discovered this personal endorsement from Stephen Hawking:

His words are very passionate and the account personal; these two excerpts have touched me in a particularly deep way:

“ … for each mind to achieve its full potential, it needs a spark. The spark of enquiry, excitement, and passion. Often that spark comes from a teacher. [ … ]

I wasn’t the easiest person to teach: I was slow to learn to read and my handwriting was untidy. But at the age of 14, my teacher, Dikran Tahta, showed me how to harness my energy and encouraged me to think creatively about Maths. He made me wonder, he made me curious, he opened up new worlds to me … that is what a great teacher can do. ”

To teachers!!!

2 thoughts on “To teachers

    • Ciao Giorgio,

      I had too much of rote learning, too.
      Today things are changing: you may be interested in running a Google search of “project based learning” (an educational strategy that engages learners) and “Most Likely to Succeed” (book and documentary on the subject of giving learners the ownership of their learning).

      Cheers,

      Umberto

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