Teachers & Teaching: A Definition

To begin our perusal of teachers, teaching, and the learning process, it is necessary to first establish some terminology for discussion. After all, the idea of teaching means a lot of different things to a lot of different people. Using the “Googlism” tool, we find that Google says:

  • teaching is as much about passion as it is about reason
  • teaching is a work of heart
  • teaching is not a brassiere
  • teaching is teaching is teaching
  • teaching is a full time profession in quebec
  • teaching is better than bossing

Got it? Well, maybe not. How about this: The American Heritage┬« Dictionary says that to teach is “To impart knowledge or skill to.”

We’re getting closer, but there is still a crucial element lacking. The definition from which I will be working encompasses the lexical meaning, but completes it by giving it an object:

Teaching is communicating knowledge of a subject to a person or persons.

That should be enough to get us started in our discussion. Have I missed anything?

Next week: Subject to Enthusiasm

This post is part of the Teachers & Teaching series, which can be found listed in its entirety here.

1 thought on “Teachers & Teaching: A Definition”

  1. Getting a bit philosophical, I’d say that the first thing a teacher must instill in the student is how to learn. Of course, the parent should have handled this lesson already, but no teacher today can rely on that.

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