1. Hello George,
    Having just read Will Richardson’s “From Master Teacher to Master Learner”, I appreciate and agree with his assertion that the world, and our schools, need more learners, not more knowers. Knowing is fine, but it’s not the requisite competency it was prior to Google and the Internet. Being a “modern learner” means there will be many things we don’t know. However, modern learners will be able to find answers from a variety of resources and experts within a fraction of a second. With respects to honoring a learning relationship, I agree that there is more value in an honest response of “I don’t know”. Plus, being a connected, modern learner, means I may be the expert on this, but I can connect you to expert resources quickly. By bringing true expertise into the conversation, we provide increased value, conscientious effort, and supportive connection to the learners asking the question. I have seen you do this regularly with your tweets. “I don’t know” is many times the perfect answer to propel deeper learning. Bob

  2. Thanks for the great thoughts George. The part that resinates for me is “Being able to say, “I don’t know” and being willing to be able to go find out,…” – innovation often starts by “being willing to be able to find out”, then taking it to a whole new level. That is what real growth looks like.

  3. Linda

    I was teaching Photoshop at a community college in Florida a few years ago, and one of my students asked me a question. I told him “I do not know, but ‘we’ will find out. I was also trying to teach them where they could find tutorials on the web and that they need to keep up on their own, learning Photoshop. Anyone who know Photoshop knows that they are always learning new things about the program, even if they have used it for a couple of decades like myself. But one of my students went into the directors office and told them, I said “I do not know”. I was then called in and told never to say that again. I have always said those words, no matter what job I am doing. I know I do not know everything and there are maybe 2 people in the world who may know everything about Photoshop.

    The best thing a teacher can do is say “I do not know” and show your students how to find the information.

  4. bryan

    Great post. Absolutely agree with the last comment about working in Photoshop or any artistic process. With so many variables it is advantageous to come across those ‘how do you do this?’ moments.

  5. Joanne

    Great article! One of the first steps to learning is simply knowing that we don’t know!

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