June 10      

Today's quotation:

Learning is finding out what you already know.  Doing is demonstrating that you know it.  Teaching is reminding others that they know it just as well as you do.  We are all learners, doers and teachers.

Richard Bach

Today's Meditation:

It's so easy to slip into roles and accept that other people are in different roles, without thinking further about whether those roles are entirely accurate or not.  As a student I've sat in classes not imagining at all that I could also be a teacher there; as a teacher I've found out that my students have much to teach me, as long as I'm willing to learn from them.

All day, every day, we are in all of our roles.  We just have to decide how we want to fulfill those roles.  Some people "teach" through ridicule, criticism, and judgment, and they're not very effective teachers at all.  Others teach through love and compassion and caring, and their lessons are accepted and eventually passed on to others whom they'll never meet.

Are we active learners or passive learners?  I've had students tell me that I'm not doing my job if they don't learn what they're supposed to learn in my classes, yet they don't put forth much effort at all in learning.  Other learners work hard at retaining information, but they don't go very far in looking for practical applications of that material.

We're all learners, so we all can have compassion for people who don't yet "know" what we've already learned.  Some people act rude or obnoxious simply because they haven't yet learned the value of acting differently.  So should we get angry at their rudeness or should we reach out and try to take advantage of a teaching moment or two?  The decision is up to us, of course, and that decision will go a long way towards defining who we are as teachers and learners.

Questions to consider:

Why do we slip so easily into pre-defined roles?

What purpose do these pre-defined roles play for us?  Do they work for our benefit?

What might you teach to someone else today?  How might you teach it?

For further thought:

I am not a teacher:  only a fellow-traveler of whom you asked the way.  I pointed ahead--ahead of myself as well as of you.

George Bernard Shaw

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