Visible Learning was a new term for me to learn in this course, but it provides the perfect definition for the image I have chosen for my blog homepage. I first saw the Teach/Learn reflection image in a Centre for Instructional Development workshop at VCC, and I really connected with it, as I feel very much that when I am instructing, I learn more than I teach. This is partly because I am a fairly new instructor, especially in the area of adult education, but also because I feel that I will never stop learning. As a general surgery nurse, working on the same unit for 6 years, you might think that I know what I’m doing and that my learning has tapped out. But this is so far from the truth. I learn each and every shift – from the unit educator, company representatives, my colleagues, my patients and their families. I take this same attitude of life-long learning with me into the beginnings of my teaching career. I never hope to be the “sage on the stage” as I heard someone describe a teacher; I would always like to be a learning guide, mentor, facilitator and motivator.
Hattie (who founded visible teaching and learning), says that “the more the student becomes the teacher and the more the teacher becomes the learner the more successful the achievement outcomes”. And the whole purpose of teaching is not that the teacher imparts their expertise to the students, but that the learners are active, passionate and engaged, and become their own teachers.