This video is very useful in explaining some valuable principles about adult learning, and it is short.
“This is perhaps the simplest, yet the most profound, truth of all. The fundamental reason for teaching is to help someone learn something. Anything you do that contributes to this purpose is skillful teaching, no matter how much it may depart from your traditional expectations about how teachers are supposed to behave. Anything you do that inhibits learning, no matter how much it exemplifies traditional expectations, should be diminished or stopped.”
Brookfield, S.D. (1990). The skillful teacher: On technique, trust, and responsiveness in the classroom. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
“We teach what we like to learn and the reason many people go into teaching is vicariously to re-experience the primary joy experienced the first time they learned something they loved.”
– Stephen Brookfield
“Education today, more than ever before, must see clearly the dual objectives: Education for living and educating for making a living.”
James Mason Wood
“Tips, tricks, and techniques are not the heart of education — fire is. I mean finding light in the darkness, staying warm in a cold world, avoiding being burned if you can and knowing what brings healing if you cannot. That is the knowledge that your students really want, and that is the knowledge we owe them. Not merely the facts, not merely the theories, but a deep knowing of what it means to kindle the gift of life in ourselves, in others, and in the world.”
– Parker Palmer
Welcome to this blog that is devoted to collecting and reviewing free Professional Development resources available to instructors. The focus will be on instructors and professors teaching in post secondary or higher education but many of the resources would likely be as useful for K-12 teachers or workplace learning facilitators.