“The person who learns the most in any classroom,” Mazur declares, “is the teacher.”
Compare the above quote from the article with this one from a Talmudic sage:
הרבה למדתי מרבותי ומחבירי יותר מרבותי ומתלמידי יותר מכולן
I learned much from my teachers, but more from my friends, and more than both from my students
Eric Mazur on new interactive teaching techniques
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The commentators on that passage explain that he learnt tho most from his students because by preparing for a lecture he forced himself to have perfectly clear explanations for his students. That would support the exact opposite conclusion of the article.ReplyDelete
That’s probably not the simplest explanation of it, but even according to that, the main point is still that teaching something to another person helps one understand it better, so students should be involved in the process. The goal of college is not to get the professor to understand things better.ReplyDelete