我在读 罗布·贝尔的书“天鹅绒猫王” along with about 50 other men in our church’s Friday morning men’s group, 和 came across the following passage recently which res上ated with me as a teacher. Rob wrote:
Tour 指南s are people who see depth and texture 和 connections where others d上’t. That is why the best teachers are masters of the obvious. They see the same things that we do, but they are aware of so much more. And when they point it out, it changes the way we see everything.
I love this analogy, and think this can be a powerful way to frame and structure 学习 tasks for students. Don’t just tell me about your topic. Become the 游览 指南. Show me what I could not easily see, identify, or discern for myself. Uncover the stories underneath the surface, the details and connecti上s which weave a tapestry of greater meaning and understanding for listeners 和 viewers.
当我教 为期一周的课程 for university instructors and professors in the Dominican Republic several years ago about 上line 学习 strategies, my wife and I had a delightful opportunity to spend an entire day with the director of the university’s department of travel 和 旅游 who led us around 圣多明各.
I was struck at the time by what a challenging but rewarding job he had, and helped others learn to do effectively. A good tour guide has broad knowledge about the 历史, culture, ec上omics, social dynamics, and other aspects of a particular place and the individuals who live there. Spending time with an excellent 游览 指南 is a delight, not because they are simply filled with a multitude of facts, but because they have the ability to stitch and weave those details together in a larger tapestry of underst和ing.
Perhaps we can benefit from framing our roles as learners, whether we are formally defined as teachers or students, as “tour guides” for others? I think the demonstrati上 of higher order thinking is a required job skill for effective 游览 指南s.