Weekly during the 2014-2015 school year, And There Came A Day will begin the week with a quote and quick thought about Ignatian Education.
“The test of a good teacher is not how man questions the teacher can ask of her or his pupils that they will answer readily, but how many questions the teacher inspires them to ask which the teacher finds hard to answer.”
~ Alice Wellington Rollins
As the school year wends its way toward its end, it is good to remember the beginning – teaching is less about content and more about process. It is less about the mass of knowledge a student has gained and more about the questions a student can ask.
In Ignatian teaching, the Ignatian Pedagogical Paradigm keeps this understand first-and-foremost in the minds of teachers and of leaders – the process, informed by context, is about the experience of new knowledge, reflection upon that knowledge, action inspired by that knowledge and evaluation of what has been learned.
While taking final examinations and writing papers and creating projects are certainly ways to assess students’ learning, hopefully teachers and administrators at this time of year are not forgetting to consider how students learn.
In the end, isn’t that the more important result of our shared endeavors?