Teaching vs Educating

Yogi Berra, Major League Baseball player, is credited for saying, “If you don’t know where you’re going, you might end up some place else.”

Where are you going with your learning experiences? What direction are you taking your students? What directions are you guiding your students?

Are you pulling or pushing them toward the objectives? Are suggesting paths? Offering options? Illuminating strengths and weaknesses of varied positions?

If to teach is to disseminate knowledge.

And to educate is to facilitate discovery.

Which definition describes your daily intentions with your students?

If you were to prescribe correlating percentages like Google’s 80/20 work to create a ratio, how would yours read?

80/20 teach to educate? Would you reverse those percentages? Would they be equal?

The following video outlines specific behaviors related to the differing actions of teaching versus educating.

Effective Teacher: Professional Skills & Abilities Video by Volkan Caglayan for Boğaziçi Üniversitesi in İstanbul, Turkey

What will you do with this information? Have you learned anything?

Were you taught or educated?