As I watched the teacher. I knew he was a master. You saw it in the way he moved. The way he greeted each person. The way he talked. It was clear he cherished the learners in the room and all the support personal as well. How refreshing to be in the presence of a master who didn’t have to climb on his step ladder and elevate himself over the rest of us.
Yes. I was in the midst of a teacher that reflected the heart of the MASTER, this weekend. This master leader facilitated an educational exploration. He immersed the learners in exploring, thinking and reflecting. He engaged each where they were and refused to allow them to not explore further. Soon all the learners were the subject and there was one big community of becoming that which they were doing.
This teacher was a servant. Always asking rarely telling. Curiousity fanned into a raging bonfire within the learning community. Empowered learners took responsibility for creating their experience and allowed their curiosity to lead them down the safe path that had been created for them. Learners evolved into teachers and students and the master teacher he played the role of student as well as teacher- too.
He understood the MASTER. These learners weren’t HIS. They weren’t his subjects nor were they merely vessels to fill or tablets to write content on. Each learner had their own mission and unique journey . The teacher knew he was the steward assigned to wake them up to the power that lie within to know.
Sure, he kicked their sandcastles down when their thinking was thin, their reflection non-existent and their exploration prematurely cut short. He questioned that which was the opposite of best practices and asked each learner to prove what they had come to know. He would be convinced when they taught him convincingly. And so the master created an engaged community allowing each member to be both student and teacher.
He never interfered with the learner becoming MASTER of what he or she knew but that didn’t mean he abdicated and refused to coach, encourage, equip and resource.
He understood, the secret to mastery when it comes to learning . Each learner was truly a soul on it’s own precious journey of finding it’s power to know, learn, think, explore and reflect. He was here to give flight to each soul- and nothing more….
Half Full or Needing Filling?
Thank you God for the opportunity to be in the presence of a master servant teacher this weekend. He reminded me of YOU. Of how- empowering you are. You’ve empowered us to explore this life with all the free will we could possibly want. You don’t force but rather immerse us and engage us in this thing called life empowering us to come to faith of our own free will. You are the master liberator…so of course it makes sense us teachers should take our marching orders from you and free the souls within our learning communities to explore, reflect, think and come to know as you’ve allowed us to..