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Gregory wishes us to remember that in all our planning and teaching, “there is a clear and distinct act or process which we wish [the student] to accomplish”: learning. It is primarily the learner’s task, not the teacher’s. He must drink freely and it cannot be forced. Learning is more directly the work of the student than the teacher.
The work of education is much more the work of the pupil than the teacher. Learning comes by processes of interpretation. Until the knowledge coming forth from the teacher (the mother or the books), is churned and assimilated within the learner, that knowledge does not become the possession of the learner. We want to aim that our students gain clear and distinct conceptions of new facts and principles. How can we facilitate such acts? By giving them opportunities to digest their material and derive its benefits. Basically, narrate, narrate, narrate.
It is indispensable that the student should become an investigator.
Auditing your flow might seem a lot like auditing your schedule, but it’s a little different angle. As you examine your flow, you’re looking at what each child should be working on when, how your time is best allocated in the midst of a variety of needs, and how to help smooth the transitions for everyone. One key area to look at is How your children let you know they need your help. Do they interrupt? Do you forget? What systems can you put in place to make sure everyone gets what they need without a lot of extra stress or drama. We should do whatever we can do to minimize frustration for all and make it habitual to move through our day with the law of kindness on our tongues. How does your school day begin? How do you call kids back in after they’ve had a recess or lunch? Do they go off and play when they should be working? How can you communicate with them so that getting the day’s work done is a family-team effort rather than mom pulling everyone’s chain? These are important questions to ask, and important solutions to see, if we want a convivial atmosphere.
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