Intelligence starts with curiosity and a growth mindset; with humility and a hungry mind. As Socrates stated, “I know that I am intelligent, because I know that I know nothing”. Developing this disposition to learn is one of our most important goals as learners and teachers.
Simply put, intelligence is the ability to reflect on one’s experiences (taking into account the many aspects involved) and learning from them. It is a lifelong process with a series of steps as shown in the following picture.
What if, as teachers, we model this love for learning in our classrooms instead of obsessing on student’s achievement?
What if we encourage students to be passionate about learning?
At the end of the day, isn’t it what being a teacher is all about?
“I am not a teacher, but an awakener.”
― Robert Frost
(If you have missed Next Step Forward's Intelligence Week on social networks you can have a look at the resources here)
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I am a passionate teacher of English with more than 16 years’ experience working with all kinds of levels and age groups. A few years ago, I became interested in EdTech. Einstein´s quote "We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them" has inspired me to start this blog.