post from David Warlick today. I would encourage you to click on the link to read the whole post as this is just a quick summary of the table where David compares students and learners. These are the points he makes that I feel are most relevant to what I have experienced as an international teacher. I am reflecting on these in the light of our mission statement "Respect, Motivate, Achieve":
Respect: students follow instructions from teacher and are competitive with other students, learners are part of a learning society and are collaborative with other students.
Motivate: students work for the teacher and for grades (which David refers to as compensation) - they work because they have to, learners are motivated by the value of their work and a sense of accomplishment - they learn because they are curious.
Achieve: Students are group-disciplined and objective-oriented with assessments measuring what the students have learned, learners are self-disciplined and goal-oriented and are learning in order to achieve, with assessments measuring what the learner can do with what has been learned.
Photo Credit: Learner by Ben Werdmuller
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