Self improvement? Moi? Ce n’est pas possible!*
But if you really think that I do have some slight scope for enhancement (and please, no spam emails about, er, that kind of enhancement) then I’d better start watching more short clips like this one.
It’s one of the many enlightening, inspirational and entertaining TED talks. This one is about how to improve teaching in places that good teachers don’t want to go – or in ways that teachers cannot do themselves. The speaker is Indian educationalist Sugata Mitra. It’s his “hole in the wall” experiment.
What do you think? Can teachers be replaced so easily?
Futurist Arthur C Clarke is reported to have said: “A teacher who can be replaced by a machine, should be.”
If you have any teaching experience, does the impact of this experiment ring true to you?
This self-improvement idea came in a roundabout way from Helen and Adventures of an Unfit Mother. She’s funny. You should read her stuff. (This made me laugh.) That’s another self-improvement recommendation.
*Though clearly my time-keeping could be improved. I should have posted this last Friday along with the other members of the Loose Bloggers Consortium. You can find out whether they feel they have room for improvement by scrolling down the right hand side of your screen and clicking on their links.