As one of my professional development tasks, I read all I can on education, student development, and better practices for teachers. I do so because I’m not a formally educated instructor. I’m a guy who made some bad decisions when I was a senior in high school. Hence, I came to prison. And, it was here that I hit my educational stride, both in terms of teaching and learning.
The other day I was reading the September 2011 issue of The Education Digest and I came across a terrific piece by Alfie Kohn entitled ‘Ten Obvious Truths That We Shouldn’t Be Ignoring.’ In this essay he notes obvious truths such as memorization not being all that it is cracked up to be, that knowing a lot of facts doesn’t make a person smart, and that students are more likely to learn what they find interesting than what they don’t.