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Gotta teach them all?

Posted on: August 24, 2016

I understand the sentiment behind this tweet. But I have to point this out: Sentiment needs to meet reality.

In Pokémon Go, it is very difficult to catch them all. You might wish to, but you cannot.

In every classroom, it is just as difficult, if not more so, to reach and then teach them all. You want to, but you cannot.

If you cannot reach them, you cannot teach them.

This does not mean that teachers should give up on students. They should give up on tag lines like “catch them all” or “teach them all” and focus on reaching their students first.

Reaching involves the heart first and the mind later. It starts with the learner and learning, not the teacher and teaching. It means going to where they are and need to be, not dragging them to where you are or were.

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