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  1. Kanchan Hasija

    This is so true..my expertise becomes little when i see my learners share so much of their knowledge of topics in class. I must say I learn so much from them even beyond the amount I research.

  2. JVB

    This is a good point. It is important for educators to avoid feeling like they need to know everything, and all learners bring knowledge to the classroom that can be valuable. That said, I would further comment that there is a difference between wisdom and knowledge, and I would be surprised to meet a student who is wiser than the teacher. And, as a teacher of English , sometimes students are incorrect stating what they think they “know.”

  3. So true. In this digital Information Age that is constantly changing (note the oxymoron), as the adult educators/learners, we must be willing to release aspects of traditional teaching methods that are not as effective today. “A classroom that is functioning successfully as a third teacher will be responsive to the children’s interests, provide opportunities for children to make their thinking visible, and then foster further learning and engagement.” (Fraser, 2012, p.67)

    Furthermore, this approach can be extended to administrators and the collective knowledge/skills/experiences of their staff. As Principal, I take a co-learning stance as I tap into different staff members for different purposes. The title of the article could also be extended to the Wisdom in Our Schools.

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