Much of my time with my class is providing them with opportunities to DO…things, stuff, work, fun etc. Looking for the times they will get inspired then to show initiative…the spark for learning.
Then I found this neat proverb on a blog post about informal learning…
When the student is ready, the teacher appears– Buddhist Proverb
This explains my role of an Advisor, rather than a teacher.
I am waiting, watching, provoking, challenging to see when the student is ready.
When they are ready I have the opportunity to teach, or advise, or facilitate, or direct, or ask questions.
Then the student is ready for learning.
The waiting and watching is the difficult part.
Many students have experienced years of frustration and failure and it takes time for them to be strong and courageous to have a go and DO.